AIDS History in U.S.

1981 First Appearance of the Gay Cancer in New York.


Gay Bathhouses Finally Close

Important News Update . . .

Oct. 27, 2015.  San Francisco Mayor Is “Open” to Allowing Gay Bathhouses.

Excerpt.  San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is “open” to allowing gay bathhouses to once again operate in the city as long as public health officials believe doing so would not hinder their plan to eliminate by 2020 nearly all new HIV infections.

Asked about ending the city’s rule that bans private rooms with locked doors in bathhouses during a recent editorial board meeting with the Bay Area Reporter, Lee said he is not opposed to lifting the ban as long as it would not hinder the city’s Getting to Zero initiative, which calls for reducing new HIV infections by 90 percent over the next five years.

We now return to history . . .

1997.  The Boys in the Bathhouses.  David Horowitz.

Excerpt.  Six months ago I wrote in Salon that the AIDS crisis was “just beginning.”  Despite — even because of — the development of anti-viral drug “cocktails” and a modestly declining death rate, the sexual promiscuity among gay males that fueled the epidemic, I wrote, was likely to increase. Now there has been an alarm bell suggesting exactly that.

Of course, neither the L.A. Times nor any of the other mainstream media reporting these statistics has focused on the real source of the problem: the re-emergence of a bathhouse-sex club culture that fosters large cohorts of promiscuous strangers spreading the infection in urban gay centers. San Francisco, the most developed of these subcultures, has the highest gonorrhea infection rates, currently, by a wide margin. Cowed by the politically correct activists who have crippled the battle against AIDS, the media have turned a blind eye to the rash of new sex clubs and refuse to make the connection that AIDS is as much a behavioral as a clinical disease.

First, to oppose any attempts by health authorities to curtail or restrict public anonymous sex and the institutions that support it; and second, to destroy the reputations of the handful of courageous gay activists — Gabriel Rotello, Michelangelo Signorile, Larry Kramer and Andrew Sullivan among them — who were fed up with the homicidal sex strategies of the gay left and had the guts to publicly say so.

1999.  Reopening San Francisco’s Bathhouses ?

The city of San Francisco seems to exist in some sort of parallel universe where sex is either commercial, public, promiscuous, more plentiful or simply better than any place on our planet. I have friends who travel to San Francisco regularly because the sheer act of showing up there apparently quadruples their chances of getting laid.

That’s because the San Francisco Department of Public Health issued an order closing the baths in October 1984 at the height of AIDS panic in the city, claiming they were a public nuisance facilitating multiple unsafe sexual contacts. But because it was a local rather than state authority, about a half dozen bathhouses reopened shortly to challenge the regulation. Ultimately, by court order, the bathhouses were allowed to remain open, but were required to remove all private rooms and hire monitors (one for every twenty patrons) to ensure no unsafe sex acts were occurring and expel patrons engaging in unsafe sex practices.

You can probably guess the rest of this story. Bathhouse owners and activists balked at the guidelines. The bathhouses closed one by one either because they refused to adopt the guidelines or due to diminishing patronage.


2001.  “Unnecessary deaths from AIDS.” David Horowitz.

For more than a decade now, the word “prevention,” as used by the chief government agency for combating epidemic diseases, has been a cruel – not to say Orwellian – deception.  By “prevention” public health officials mean only voluntary – mainly educational – measures. But the experience of the last two decades has clearly shown that such measures are inadequate to the task of actually containing the AIDS epidemic.

Who are they kidding?

2005.  Reducing Risk of HIV/AIDS at Circuit Dance Parties.

October 11, 2005 | by Pat Vaughan Tremmel

EVANSTON, Ill. — Circuit parties — mammoth dance events for gay and bisexual men who socialize sometimes for 24 hours without sleep — were created in the 1980s in large part to raise awareness and funding related to HIV and AIDS prevention. Today, the circuit parties — with up to 20,000 attendees — may be part of the problem rather than the solution, according to a new Northwestern University study.

The study, “Reducing HIV Infections at Circuit Parties: From Description to Explanation and Principles of Intervention Design” (Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS, Sage Publications, 2005), concludes that the prevalence of unprotected sex at circuit parties, particularly by HIV-positive men, is increasing the risk of HIV/AIDS and causing a public health threat. 

The circuit parties are causing a tension between building cultural identity for a sub-population of gay and bisexual men and undermining the very basis of that community, according to co-investigators Amin Ghaziani and Thomas D. Cook, professor of sociology at Northwestern. They argue for intervention strategies to change the risky behavior, which they show is influenced by recent changes in attitudes and drug use of party participants.

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Pictures of AIDS we do not see in the news these days.

Ken Meeks, patient with AIDS. San Francisco, California, USA, September, 1986. 1984 © Alon REININGER / CONTACT Press Images

Ken Meeks, patient with AIDS. San Francisco, California, USA, September, 1986.
1984 © Alon REININGER / CONTACT Press Images

David Kirby near death and surrounded by his family, Ohio, 1990. Life magazine called this photo

David Kirby near death and surrounded by his family, Ohio, 1990. Life magazine called this photo “”picture that changed the face of AIDS”. The photo was later used in a controversial Benetton ad, with the permission of Kirby’s family, who felt that it would communicate how devastating the disease was to a worldwide audience.

davis-kirby hospice

2015_sf_logo  The epidemic continues to this day.

Act Up founder demands a cure…says nothing about abstinence from unhealthy behaviors.

March 2015.  Larry Kramer Demands an HIV Cure at 2015 Gay Men’s Health Crisis Spring Gala.  “Our collective aspiration should be nothing short of a cure.”

“Everyone who preached free love in the Sixties is responsible for AIDS….This idea that it was somehow an accident, a microbe that sort of fell from heaven — absurd. We must face what we did.”  Camille Paglia.  Lesbian author.