This Is What Gay Men Think When They Hear The Word 'AIDS'

So much pain and hope.

December 1 marks World AIDS Day, a moment to reflect on the history and contemplate the future of a disease that's scarred the last four decades. When HIV/AIDS first emerged in the 1980s, it was called gay-related immune deficiency, and while we know a lot more about it than when it was first discovered, it's still an incredibly relevant topic for members of the LGBTQ community.

Advances in HIV/AIDS treatment in the last two decades have changed the prognosis for someone with the virus, and the U.N. has even said the disease could be eradicated by as soon as 2030. But AIDS is still a threat, and survivors of the epidemic continue to be impacted by it. 

As part of their One Word video series, Cut asked gay men what words they associate with AIDS. Their responses are candid, heart-wrenching, and as relevant in 2015 as they were in 1985.


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