California’s HIV Russian Roulette

HIV Russian Roulette

If you’re my age, you probably vividly remember the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.

But if you don’t, I’d recommend you read the book And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts.

While I don’t agree with his politics, Shilts’ does an excellent job recounting the rise of this terrible, nameless, unknown epidemic and the desperate efforts to stop it.

The tragic irony is that Shilts himself died of AIDS in 1994.

In the first twenty years of the disease, nearly half a million Americans died.

The head of the playwriting program at Carnegie Mellon was a gay man who came of age in the 1970s and 80s. And one time when we were meeting about my thesis play PRISM, he described to me the transformation that happened to Greenwich Village after the AIDS epidemic hit.

He said it used to be every weekend night was Mardi Gras — the streets so jammed with young gay men, you could barely maneuver through the crowd.

But after AIDS, Greenwich Village became a ghost town.

So many people devoured by this ugly disease.

I lost friends to AIDS.

And let me tell you, it was an ugly, ugly way to die.

Now, medical treatment has come a long way since the CDC was still desperately trying to figure out what was causing gay men to waste away and die an ugly death.

HIV treatment has enabled infected people to live relatively normal lives.

And as a result, the plague-like history of the epidemic has faded from our memories.

But that can be a dangerous thing.

Viruses are like any other living thing. They will fight to survive.

And, if need be, they will adapt and mutate in order to survive.

What happens if HIV makes a comeback among gay men too young to remember the ravages it unleashed over thirty years ago?

And what happens if the HIV treatments are no longer effective on a new strain?

You can say I’m being alarmist.

But I watched people die from this. And I really don’t want to see it happen again.

And let’s not forget. We also thought we’d eradicated TB, leprosy, measles, whooping cough, mumps, Scarlet Fever, and the Bubonic Plague.

But thanks to the influx of people from the Third World, they’re all back.

So why am I bringing this up?

Well, the State of California has decided that knowingly transmitting HIV – or lying about your HIV status — to unsuspecting sexual partners or when donating blood is no longer a felony.

Instead, California will treat it as a misdemeanor.

Keep in mind, this state also made it a criminal offense to use the wrong gender pronoun.

So you can go to jail for calling a man in a dress “he.”

But you’ll only get a slap on the wrist if you infect someone with HIV.

That’s insane.

Who the hell is saying, “HIV is a crime?!” Nobody talks that way, Barbara.

But what should be a crime is knowingly infecting another person or donating HIV-infected blood.

That’s criminally negligent.

And what happens, Barbara, if HIV mutates and we are facing a strain that does not respond to medication?

What happens if the new generation of gay men who didn’t live through the 1980s and 90s begin dying by the tens of thousands?

This is nothing but political correctness trumping public safety.

And the reasoning behind this law to decriminalize the conscious spread of HIV is so damn short-sighted.

Sure, the medications now mean it isn’t a guaranteed death sentence.

But again, viruses are living things. They evolve and mutate in order to survive.

If HIV mutates, all bets are off.

And how many people will die an ugly death before scientists are able to find a vaccine that will combat a new strain of the disease?

I don’t know about you, but this scares the crap out of me.

You don’t have to approve of the gay lifestyle to not want to see anyone die that way.

Go to and do a search under the phrase “A new rise in HIV.”

You’ll see why I’m concerned.

Among young people who didn’t live through the plague that killed nearly half a million Americans, HIV infections are beginning to increase.

And even more frightening still is the World Health Organization’s report from this summer about the rise of a new drug-resistant form of HIV.

In the name of political correctness, California is playing Russian Roulette with the lives of its citizens.

And, frankly, that should scare the crap out of all of us.

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6 thoughts on “California’s HIV Russian Roulette

  • October 8, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Well said. I went to college during the mid 80’s and saw the horrible effects of this disease take several of my friends too. I can’t believe those morons in Ca actually think this is a good idea, but then again just about everything that I see in Ca makes no logical sense. I remember going to spend summers in Redondo Beach when I was young and had family there that were stationed in the Air Force and just marveling at how beautiful it was there. I always wanted to move out there if I ever had a chance. Fast fwd to 1998…I had a job opportunity that would require me to move to LA. I went out there and the place was nothing like I had remembered. It was a literal shit hole with gang grafitti and so much traffic and crime that I sadly turned down the offer and decided to stay put on the east coast. Also, partly due to the fact that the pay wasn’t that much more than I was currently making but housing costs were nearly double what they were here too. I was out there on business back in 2010 and it was even worse than what I saw in the late 90’s.

  • October 8, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I live in California. I believe that if I was aware in advance of any surgery I might need, I would start stockpiling my own blood for transfusion.

  • October 8, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”

    George Santayana

  • October 8, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Mexifornia’s new “GET HIV VIA SEX” law was originally passed by the d-cRAT-controlled legislature under he name: “THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN (SEX) ACT” bill.

  • October 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

    As a former Californian I can tell you most of the laws have no basis in reality or justice. For example: Declassifying this as a misdemeanor makes it difficult for anyone contracting AIDS under the circumstances of the law to get legal and monetary recourse.

  • October 9, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Communist Democrats are off the rails in Mexifornia. This can effect the rest of the nation, as can other crimes they’re committing. The state has been destroyed and needs to be expelled from the Union.

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