AIDS fatigue

AIDS fatigue

A popular term for the laissez faire attitude that younger sexually active people have towards AIDS, given that they were too young to have known AIDS as a dread disease with the high mortality and short survival rate that it had in the 1980s and 1990s.
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President Mogae spoke passionately and uninterrupted for 20 minutes on this particular subject, mentioning the many projects and initiatives he is involved in, the challenges at a global and local level, and also his fears about a complacency syndrome which may be setting in given the progress made, as well as the Aids fatigue which will naturally set in as other causes become more "appealing".
Possible factors include the rise of the Internet as a means of hooking up; increased use of crystal meth among gay men, which puts users at elevated risk for HIV, syphilis, and other STDs; aging and self-esteem issues; "AIDS fatigue," or a sense of complacency since the advent of anti-retrovirals over a decade ago; the lack of positive images of gay men, particularly men of color, in popular culture; and the demonization of gay people in political discourse.
"Perhaps surprisingly, it appears that the American public does not suffer from AIDS fatigue," Drew E.
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