The deadly disease. That’s how the media described HIV/AIDS in the 1980s. The tag-lines haven’t gotten much better since, not to mention America’s dreams of everyday people living with the virus.
To most Americans, AIDS is still the stuff of worst-case-scenario nightmares. To mainstream media, AIDS is still coupled with words like tragic, fatal, death.
And so I began to wonder: what it would be like, seeing those four little letters linked to better words and better dreams, dreams involving feeling strong and alive while living with the virus?
I think I’m going to like this new way of looking at a-i-d-s.