If we continue to degrade and devalue ourselves by having unprotected sex we not only risk our own lives, but set an example for the younger gays that, "Well, if you get HIV go ahead and continue those unsafe practices because you're life is over already, anyway, right?" This generation is increasingly partaking in risky behavior they see being portrayed in bareback porn movies, glamorized by the seemingly healthy people in pharmaceutical ads for HIV drugs, and flaunted in numerous sex clubs/bathhouses in San Francisco.
In the 1990's, we were most proud of our level of HIV awareness and how this horrible disease had ravaged our community, yet now we glorify the risky behavior that got us into that mess in the first place. How quickly our memories fade, and how quickly we've let our libidos (and lack of self-worth) take over our consciousness.
Where did we get this grim view of ourselves? Wherever it came from, don't let it define who you are! Break the cycle!
Don't let the damage done TO you, become the dark legacy you inflict on yourself. Be strong, be courageous, and put it back in your pants!
From someone who has personally struggled with a life of physical and emotional abuse, hard drugs, and their own sexual identity; please don't underestimate your power to change the world. One penis at a time.
I love you all.