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Islander, I'm saying I thought it tragic that my neighbor died of AIDS. A young family was destroyed, two children lost their father, a woman lost her husband, and the world lost an oncologist.
It sounds like you are blaming him for all that. Do you think that he
had a choice regarding his sexuality?
He had many choices. Condoms come to mind. At the height of the AIDS
epidemic, San Francisco had several large "bath houses" -- basically
places where Gay men hooked up with strangers and partook of orgies.
San Francisco tried to shut them down -- to save lives, and Gay
activists were outraged and fought tooth and nail against it. A Gay
co-worker explained to me that it was a civil rights issue. He died of
hepatitis (sexually transmitted) a few years later.
And to this day ... "Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) have been
rising among gay and bisexual men, with increases in syphilis being
seen across the country. In 2014, gay, bisexual, and other men who
have sex with men accounted for 83% of primary and secondary syphilis
cases where sex of sex partner was known in the United States. Gay,
bisexual, and other men who have sex with men often get other STDs,
including chlamydia and gonorrhea infections. HPV (Human
papillomavirus), the most common STD in the United States, is also a
concern for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. Some
types of HPV can cause genital and anal warts and some can lead to the
development of anal and oral cancers. Gay, bisexual, and other men who
have sex with men are 17 times more likely to get anal cancer than
heterosexual men. Men who are HIV-positive are even more likely than
those who do not have HIV to get anal cancer."