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Why was HIV/AIDS referred to as the "gay plague" in the 1980s and 90s?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    it is a disease of gays who hate the truth.

  • 1 month ago

    Erm?    I wonder if it was because initially HIV-AIDS was mainly prevalent amonst the gay community?

  • Because it was a gay plague initially until bisexuals brought the disease to the heterosexual community. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Reagan hated Homosexuals due to his Zealot Religious and Pagan beliefs.

    He refused to allow the CDC to work on "cures", as it was G*D's will.

    Reagan moved his Ranch's gate because the old address was 666.  Nancy frequently consulted Mediums for advice.

    It is rumored that the CIA Labs developed AIDS to infect Cuban Engineers constructing an airport in Africa, but some American "Peace Corps" Volunteers get to the Prostitutes first.

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  • Dr. D
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Gays only make up a small percentage of the population, however they make up over 70% of the HIV/AIDS cases. It is much more prevalent in gays, therefore it was called the gay plague. 

     https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/factshee...

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Ronald Reagan and the evangelicals were in power at the time. They looked down sneeringly on groups likely to get HIV such as gay men, prostitutes, and drug users, who basically they viewed as disposable. They viewed HIV as punishment from god for their lifestyle.

    In their minds family value self righteous people were not going to be punished by god. 

    The HIV became a plague because of their indifference! Intolerance!

    Only when law suits from heterosexual people began to fly did they bother.

    The term gay plague was never 100% accurate but as it sold more papers, it was continued to be used. 

    Initially it was assumed only gay men could get the HIV virus, which compromised their immune system thus rendering them open to diseases from which they died, example cancer.

    Many of those who had HIV frequented San Francisco gay bath houses. These were immediately closed down.

    There is a pretty powerful documentary about the epidemic, the massive destructive death toll it ushered in, indeterminate of the age of the individual, (one boy was merely 18 years old had, only had one lover, and the look on his face upon being told he would not survive was devastating) and how the gay community came together to fight for their rights.

    It was only in time it was discovered it travelled via bodily fluids, so any activity involving the exchange or contact posed a threat.Needle sharing via drug addicts.Promiscuity by married men who were bisexual. Women married to them were not always aware, so were at risk.

    Strasky and hutch actor Paul Michael Glaser' first wife was given a transfusion, both she and the child she gave birth contracted it subsequently died.

  • Lili
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    In the US and western Europe, though not elsewhere, it appeared to affect primarily gay men in the 80s.  That's because it was originally introduced to the West by one or two "Patient Zeros" who were gay.

    However, elsewhere, it affected straights much more seriously and eventually affected more straights than gays in the West, too, because of intravenous drug use and the hard work gay men put into curtailing the disease in the gay community.

    Today, straights are much more affected than gays, both in the West and in developing nations.

  • 1 month ago

    No one called it that, except morons.

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