To date, AIDS and AIDS-related illnesses have taken the lives of roughly 35 million individuals. This is the second pandemic I have seen in my lifetime. I was a child and teenager during the greatest moments of the AIDS crisis, and I grew into adulthood with the knowledge that things that felt good could kill me. I find myself thinking a lot about that 1st pandemic in my life as I stay home, wear a mask in the supermarket, and wash my hands too often.
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