AIDS At 20

Many young gay men have never had to worry about HIV. Until now

AIDS will turn 20 this week--at least, our awareness of it will, since it was June 5, 1981, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first published a report about five gay men in Los Angeles with a strange illness. Last week the CDC drew attention to a new study, and many reporters focused on its most shocking, depressing finding--that nearly 15% of young black gay men are contracting HIV every year. One-third of black gays ages 23 to 29 are already infected in the six cities where the study was conducted. If these rates of infection continue, they could...

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