World AIDS Day

It’s 1 December again, which means that it’s World AIDS Day. This year I am manning a booth set up by the LGBTA. We have lots of free literature and ribbons, and we’re collecting donations for the Whitman-Walker Clinic, a community-based AIDS clinic in Washington, D.C. Donations are completely optional. Honestly, if I collected five dollars and got all the ribbons distributed, I’d count it a success.

I’m trying to get people to come over and take a ribbon. They don’t have to stop and chat. It doesn’t cost them any money and only a split second of their time. Why is that so hard? Do people not want to let others know they are aware of the AIDS crisis that is going on? Do they themselves not want to know? Heterosexual, Caucasian, upper-middle class people can contract HIV too. The excuses are the worst part.

  • “No thanks, I’m aware of AIDS.” — and what about people you know?
  • “My hands are full.” — I’d be happy to drop it in your bag for you.
  • “Sorry, I don’t have time right now.” — to take a pin off a table!?

You can’t spread a message if people don’t want to hear it, and people don’t want to hear about unpleasant things if they don’t think it applies to them.

Maybe we should try an AIDS FUD campaign.

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