I remember when GRID first came out, and the homosexual lobby lowered the boom on the Reagan Administration for not curing it immediately. They even accused Reagan of inventing it.
Then came the lies, that our wives, kids, and dogs were going to get it. If you said it was a gay disease, you were met with all kinds of scorn. The press and entertainment culture were full of stories of newborns in pediatric AIDS units. AIDS was the first full scale use of political correctness. Look at us now.
Your reply reminded me, I got the GRIDS acronym wrong. It was actually Gay Related Immuno Deficiency Syndrome.
The scary thing is, primary result of all this high dollar research and treatment is a generation of gay men to whom AIDS is a distant “monster under the bed”. Back in the day, even after we had nailed the virus, the progress from HIV positive to dying in one or more unpleasent ways of AIDS was inevitable and a fairly immediate spectre.
We can’t cure HIV, but we seem to be able to hold off symtomatic AIDS quite well; if cost is no object. How long has Magic Johnson been bopping around, to all appearances in excellent health?
I have known enough gay people not to paint with too broad a brush. I built a house for a retired gay couple who had been monogamous since their college days. Their risk of AIDS was zero, lower than mine as single, sexually active hetero. It’s all in the behavior.
Sadly, medical science and political correctness now encourage exactly the “behavior”, modification of which should have been our epidemiolgical first line of defense.
In the GRIDS days, there was no alternative. Bathhouses were closed, non-suicidal gay men limited their contacts, etc. Now a part of the gay community regards the right to engage with multiple partners with or without “protection” as a civil right.
Very frustrating, and a gross mis-allocation of research dollars from diseases which afflict far more people. We might as well be paying for liver transplants for alcoholics.