Over the next year, he would watch 20 to 25 close friends die from AIDS. Sullivan remembers the fear and anger in the gay community that led many people to shun and despise anyone they thought might have AIDS. He also recalls the terror of not knowing how AIDS was transmitted and feeling as if there was no way to protect yourself. And, he remembers sitting at the bedside of many of his best friends in the gay community, watching them die from AIDS. It wasn't that he didn't care or the death of a friend didn't hurt. It was just the steady march of funerals and the hopeless repetition that came when you replaced a friend who had died with a new friend, only to have the new friend die from AIDS a few months later, he said.
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The human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is a virus that attacks the immune system, specifically CD4 cells or T cells. The virus is transmitted through bodily fluids such as blood, semen, vaginal fluids, anal fluids, and breast milk. Historically, HIV has most often been spread through unprotected sex, the sharing of needles for drug use, and through birth. A person with AIDS is very vulnerable to cancer and to life-threatening infections, such as pneumonia. Scientists have traced the origin of HIV back to chimpanzees and simian immunodeficiency virus SIV , an HIV-like virus that attacks the immune system of monkeys and apes. Chimps, the scientist later discovered, hunt and eat two smaller species of monkeys—red-capped mangabeys and greater spot-nosed monkeys—that carry and infect the chimps with two strains of SIV. These two strains likely combined to form SIVcpz, which can spread between chimpanzees and humans.
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He and his twin were at junior school with me. Tom took a photograph out of wallet. He died in his early twenties.
Keep in mind that when I was a child that was late s through the s. Those were dark times. It took the death of his personal long time friend Rock Hudson and the disease to start affecting the heterosexual community before those words were mentioned. It was in that the President had talked about children with AIDS being allowed or not allowed to continue public education.