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Author Topic: 1985 People Magazine Article  (Read 1477 times)

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Offline tednlou2

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1985 People Magazine Article
« on: March 31, 2012, 03:07:43 AM »
I thought it was an interesting look-back at the Hollywood climate surrounding HIV/AIDS in 1985.  At first, I judged some of the things said as ridiculous.  But, I had to remind myself this was 1985. 


Offline surf18

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Re: 1985 People Magazine Article
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2012, 07:57:26 AM »
just got done reading the book the band played on . how sad. and you wonder how things might have been different if the us govt took this seriously when it first became known. or what if the scientists didn't have ego's and shared the work they were working on. sad book and it must have been terrible to live in that era as a gay man.

Offline aztecan

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Re: 1985 People Magazine Article
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2012, 11:32:50 AM »
I think this sums it up.

Faced with spiraling statistics, few medical facts and many myths, Hollywood has reacted with both unreasoning fear and admirable courage.

Yes, those were dark days. I was living in LA at the time. Long before Rock Hudson came out with AIDS, the subject was always being discussed at any gay gathering, bar, etc.

One week you would visit a friend who was ill, the next, he was dead, or he simply disappeared. Remember, gay was a shameful thing, and succumbing to the "gay plague" was even more shameful. When a man would die, their family would come, take their belongings and then vanish, like vultures. Those of us left behind might never know what happened to them. We would just go to visit and find an empty apartment, or, that someone else had already moved in.

There were no medications, no information or understanding of AIDS, but a lot of fear, many rumors and a sense of sailing into the abyss at full steam.

That, as it happens, was the year I tested positive and was told I wouldn't live more than two years.

Ah, memories.


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