Thursday, March 19, 2009

HIV Statistics in Washington DC

The Washington Post's article from a few days ago in which it was reported that at least 3% of D.C. is HIV positive or has AIDS continues to cause shockwaves across the blogosphere -- including from some folks who think the figure is too conservative. You can read the whole article by clicking here. Then check in at Rod2.0 not only for his commentary but for the comments of his readers. Sobering stuff, to put it mildly. I don't know what to say except, there's nothing new to say. All the info about preventing transmission of HIV is at our fingertips; it's everywhere. Activists and educators may just have to resign themselves to being broken records, singing the same song(s) they've been singing for over 20 years... and realizing that old news may well be new news to some. A crucial fact to keep in mind while sighing in understandable exasperation, a fact that is in plain sight but bears repeating, is the deeply ingrained emotional and psychological distress/despair (passed on like family heirlooms and reinforced by myriad external factors) that is at the core of many Black folks / gay folks / poor folks / straight women / all-of-the-above not valuing their own lives. The reasons, both conscious and unexamined, that folks fuck ain't always romantic or even lustful. Sometimes the impulse of self-destructive escapism is the spark in the libidinal hook-up.

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