Why Did the Sense of Urgency with the HIV/AIDS Movement Dissipate?

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Well partly the consequences of HIV infection, they are profoundly different, right? Someone acquiring HIV today has every reason to expect to live a normal span if they have access to health care and treatment, so people aren't dying as visibly and horribly around others. Who is getting HIV today is different than it was before.

The people acquiring HIV today are much more likely to be more disenfranchised. They are people who already don't have a voice in the system. Those are two of the biggest reasons, but it's also the public and the political attention is fical, everything is so short term. A lot of the celebrities are gone from the epidemics it's not fashionable cause anymore and quit frankly when a lot of the greatest success was made in the early 90s in expediting treatments that was driven by the energy of a lot of middle and upper middle class, well educated gay white men.

And when treatment came out and they were no longer in a survival battle for themselves and their demographic peers, many of them went on with their lives. They weren't all necessarily activists engaged in a broader social justice struggle. So that energy went away, and that was the biggest muscle that the AIDS activists ever had.