Has Anybody Seen My Sympathy? I Seem to Have Lost It
Bill Quick

In South L.A., Young Gay Black Men are Mired in Old Taboos — and HIV | Features | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly

Despite comprising only 13 percent of the U.S. population — only 9 percent in Los Angeles — African-Americans account for 44 percent of new HIV infection nationwide.

Starkly stated, black gay men are three times as likely to become infected as white gay men.

Why, HIV must be a racist virus, then!

How had Maldonado been infected? “I was involved with someone who … ” he says, struggling to find the words, “was not as health-conscious, and did not take the proper safety measures with their life as I did and was not aware of their status. Someone that I trusted. And it just happened.”

Let me be as blunt as I can here: This “victim” is a college-educated holder of an advanced degree who worked in the field of HIV prevention and was, presumably, expert on the subject.

And yet he had unprotected sex with “somebody he trusted.”  This is the epitome of suicidal idiocy.  I know we are supposed to feel sorry for him, but you know what?  I can’t.  I won’t.  And I won’t seek excuses for him.  He made the single biggest sexual mistake a gay man can make, and now he’s paying the price.

Are there gay men who don’t know about HIV, or understand that unprotected homosexual sex vastly increases their risk of acquiring HIV?

I just can’t make myself believe that is a huge problem, even in the black gay community.  They know.  But they are stupidly ignoring what they know, and running into the brick wall on which is written “Stupidity is often painful, and even fatal.”

What repulses me most about narratives like this is the naked attempt to avoid all personal responsibility and blame somebody – anybody – else for your own bad choices.

 

 

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About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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Has Anybody Seen My Sympathy? I Seem to Have Lost It — 3 Comments

  1. The rise in HIV among gay black men is strongly correlated with news stories of increased global temperatures. And as we all know, global warming is caused by corporations, which are disproportionately owned by rich, white men.

  2. The rise in people dropping out of the labor force is strongly correlated with news stories of increased global temperatures. And as we all know, global warming is caused by corporations, which are disproportionately owned by rich, white men.

    Wow that is a powerful sentence structure there. It means anything undesirable can be attributed to rich white men.