World Aids Day

World Aids Day

Today is World Aids Day. Spare a moment to think of those who are still suffering with this disease, which can be controlled, but not cured.

I have had close friends who died of this disease, so I guess it means a lot to me that they not be forgotten. I will not forget them.

In 1985 when they were hoping they had identified the virus causing AIDS, I was working in book publishing. I had three friends there who were in the Gay community and who got sick. It was horrifying. There was no treatment. You never knew what symptoms would appear. We have come so far since then.

Right now I am watching the movie And the Band Played On. Ian McKellen plays a man dying of AIDS. He is so much younger than Gandalf! Still, such a great actor. Heartbreaking.

 

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2 Responses to World Aids Day

  1. Servetus says:

    Yeah. Personal story here, too, with the neighbor across the way in grad school gradually debilitated by and then dying of AIDS. Knowing that my favorite Spanish professor had it and wondering what would happen (he’s still alive). Those were really frightening, sad times.

    • Marie Astra says:

      Yes. One of my good friends is HIV positive, but thank goodness there are medications now. It was horrible to see the progression when it was just beginning. We had no idea.

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