(August 15-21, 2019)
Gay life in Chicago this week, back in...
THE FEAR OF AIDS: A SECOND EPIDEMIC, an article by Bob Greene in the Chicago Tribune begins:
"With cases of AIDS becoming more widespread every week, the United States is undergoing a second, related epidemic – fear of AIDS.
"Anyplace where people gather – especially people in their 20s, 30s and 40s – AIDS is one of the primary topics of conversation. The time is long gone when AIDS was only a homosexual concern. Now heterosexuals are openly expressing their deep fears about AIDS, and are wondering aloud just how long it will be until AIDS is out of control among the heterosexual population.
"Public health officials have a name for these people: "the worried well." They do not use that term smirkingly; they realize that people are waking up to the dark possibilities that AIDS presents, and are struggling to figure out how to protect themselves. Fear of AIDS is becoming a syndrome in itself--a syndrome that physicians, psychiatrists and psychologists around the country are beginning to notice.