The Faces of AIDS: Five Interviews and Journalistic Accounts
Houldsworth, Kevin D.
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Working on this project has taught me many things about myself and human nature in general. After hearing that one statistic, that each and every member of my age group can expect to be personally affected by this disease, I suppose I wanted to do the right thing and educate myself about it. In a way I may have even hoped that by dipping my little toe into the issue of AIDS, I could say I had learned to swim in it. I had hoped to learn the common pattern of HIV infection, thereby giving me an edge in protecting myself against the disease. Consider it a sort of spiritual innoculation. However, as any attempt at simplification is prone to fail, I grudgingly admit that no such pattern exists. Inevitably, just when my interviews began to lead me to some sort of grand design or theory, an interviewee would refute it. Just when I would begin to recognize the unmistakable face of AIDS, the features would blur.