This day in history: Boy Meets AIDS

AIDS NightOn July 25, 1985, Rock Hudson shocked the world when admitting that he, a world-famous actor, had AIDS.

On this day 25 years ago, Rock Hudson introduced the world to AIDS.

On this day 25 years ago, Americans were glued to their televisions for news about this mysterious new disease that immediately became known as the “deadly disease.”

On this day 25 years ago, every American took inventory of his or her own sexual past.

On this day 25 years ago, getting AIDS became America’s greatest fear and a younger generation’s worst nightmare.

On this day 25 years ago, the media began its marathon, months-if-not-years-long coverage of AIDS and the people dying of AIDS and the people afraid of getting near AIDS and the people legislating AIDS and the people trying to study AIDS and the people for and against people like Ryan White and on and on.

On this day 25 years ago, the Sexual 9/11 to the Sexual Revolution happened in America.

On this day 25 years ago, I, a 23-year-old UCLA graduate of one month, realized that I was living with the AIDS virus.

On this day 25 years ago, I began living my life from the point of view of someone with HIV.

A few days ago, a young girl asked me, “Wow, how did you survive? Please share tips, I’m only 23 now.”

On this day begins HIV-P.O.V. Week, an entire week dedicated to HIV-P.O.V., a blog column now and forever at Randy Boyd’s Blocks.

Brought to you by the younger generation of Americans infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

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