Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Yale, 2007, AIDS: "We mostly saw it as an African problem"

"'We mostly saw it as an African problem, and a little bit as an inner-city American problem,' he said. 'Nobody ever talked about it as a disease among Yale students and staff.'"
Bless you and all, but I'll probably never recover from that quote, Christopher Glazek, Yale '07. Still! Glad to hear there are future plans to help colleges make note of what is apparently still, somehow, unspeakable and unthinkable.

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brianvan (#149)

We never pictured this kind of thing happening at a TED talk

jfruh (#713)

"…now 27 and a senior editor at the magazine n+1." Is there an name for the terriwonderful emotion I felt upon reading that?

MichelleDean (#7,041)

@jfruh Thoughtcatalogenfreude?

barnhouse (#1,326)



Danzig! (#5,318)

@jfruh Animal agony.

I know I groaned in pain

Spoken like a true undergrad. Wait, 2007? Isn't that… Wait, but… Aw, hell.

mishaps (#5,779)

I know most kids arrive at college believing history started five minutes ago, but WOW.

Whit@twitter (#235,562)

If we could just get Lady Gaga to wear a condom as an eyepatch, we wouldn't have this problem.

But, seriously, jesus, children these days.

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

I think of diabetes as mostly a Wilford Brimley problem.

@SidAndFinancy And I always thought of unselfconscious brazen ignorance as a Harvard problem.

BoHan (#29)

won't someone think of the gluten-intolerant?

melis (#1,854)

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Niko Bellic (#1,312)

New York Times should be intelligent enough to automatically update "inner-city" to "outer borough" for readers with New York City IP numbers (although, in this case the preceding reference to the continent of Africa does help).

Danzig! (#5,318)

"… one of whom taught me a significant lesson (a lesson I could have learned from F. Scott Fitzgerald, but perhaps we all must meet the very rich for ourselves) by asking, when I arrived to interview her in her orchid-filled sitting room on the second day of a paralyzing New York blizzard, whether it was snowing outside."

Antennapedia (#161,290)

"Mr. Glazek, who is gay and was untouched by H.I.V. or AIDS and unencumbered by close ties to anyone who had succumbed to it, experienced a jolt of recognition that eventually led him to create the Yale AIDS Memorial Project, a poignant testimonial to the damage wrought by AIDS at Yale. "

Seeing this in print is sort of horrifying, but on the other hand… I'm 32, and I watched a close family friend contract HIV and then die of AIDS. This was… 1993? I think? That he passed away? And I remember naively thinking (I was, what? 13?) "well, you know, maybe this is the last person I'll ever know who dies of AIDS…"

I kept thinking that my friends were safe until Christmas 2009 when I get a phone call that a close friend of mine is hospitalized with pneumonia. It turns out he's HIV positive and sick enough that his immune system is shot. Punchline: he didn't know he had HIV. How do you not know? Is it denial? He lasted another 3 weeks and we lost him in January. He was 30. 2010 and people are dying of HIV/AIDS without knowing they even carry it. I was blown away.

So part of it is, I think, is that it's very easy for younger generations to see AIDS as a FORMER problem and not a CURRENT one. I fell into that trap and I'm old enough to know better. It TERRIFIES me that this also means people might be less vigilant about protecting themselves and I can only hope that these kinds of projects serve to remind people that yes, people do still die from this disease.

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