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    and I confess I really do not know what it might be like, to have come of age after the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. I was already an adult and already sexually active (one might even say sexually hyperactive) when it started so for me it has always been an add-on to my prior experiences, not to mention being a rather serious impediment. When I was coming out there were things around like mono, hepatitis in its various forms, and a variety of parasites, not to mention the more pedestrian STD's, but while hepatitis could be fatal it rarely was, and the others were viewed as nuisances to be dealt with. The idea that one could contract a fatal illness through sex was rather a foreign one; I can't imagine what it is like to live in a world where such a thing is taken for granted by everyone, even before they are old enough to consider engaging in sexual activity.

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