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Brad Goreski wants younger LGBT generation to learn their history and about the AIDS plague

Fashion Police panelist Brad Goreski was at last night’s 6th Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala in New York and spoke to Out.com about his memories of the AIDS outbreak as a young boy:

“My father gave me a book. I still remember it. It was orange, black, and green on the cover and it said ‘What is AIDS?’ I think now people think that there’s a cure for HIV and AIDS and there are not. Education for the younger generation is what’s important because they didn’t grow up losing their community. I urge young LGBT youth to learn their history. It’s staggering what happened and it’s amazing that we’ve made leaps and bounds and getting closer to a cure but we still need to be practicing safe sex.”

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  1. He’s not wrong. I train staff where I work on HIV/AIDS issues, and one thing I tell them is that the number of young men who have sex with men who are testing positive for HIV is on the rise, and part of that is because they’ve forgotten that it’s a deadly disease without a cure. They’ve forgotten to be afraid of it. They do need to learn their history, and those of us who are old enough to remember what the fear was like in the 80s and 90s have a responsibility to make sure they know it and that they know how important it is for them to practice safer sex.

  2. I wouldn’t have thought Brad was old enough to remember that far back.

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