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I lost relatives to AIDS, a couple of my closest cousins. I lost friends to AIDS, high-school friends who never even made it to their 21st birthdays in the '80s. When it's that close to you, you can't really deny it, and you can't run from it.
You look at the large problems that we face - that would be overpopulation, water shortages, global warming and AIDS, I suppose - all of that needs international cooperation to be solved.
A lot of people in my world - in the acting world - have either lost friends to Aids or live with HIV because its origin in our culture, in New York for instance, was in the gay community.
I'm grateful for doing those drugs, because they kept me from getting laid and I would have gotten AIDS.
HIV infection and AIDS is growing - but so too is public apathy. We have already lost too many friends and colleagues.
I believe Aids is the most important issue we face, because how we treat the poor is a reflection of who we are as a people.
I have had lots of friends who've been affected by Aids and a very good friend of mine, Oscar Moore, died of Aids and I was with him in his last year quite a bit. And of course he was a man living in a very rich culture with a wealthy family who was able to afford health care.
The trouble is it's very difficult to pin-point the most important thing because Aids affects everyone in different levels of society, differently and you have to respond to it differently.
I'm the cofounder of Keep a Child Alive. We provide medicine for families affected by HIV and AIDS in places like Africa and India.
I do not have bad days. I don't wake up in the morning and think that I'm going to get AIDS. I don't dream bad dreams about it. If I did, I'd be giving in to the negativity.
AIDS obliges people to think of sex as having, possibly, the direst consequences: suicide. Or murder.
AIDS is an absolutely tragic disease. The argument about AIDS' being some kind of divine retribution is crap.
I learned to speak first, and then to sign. I have never really known what it was like to hear, so I can't compare hearing aids to normal hearing.
AIDS is such a scary thing and it's also the kind of thing that you think won't happen to you. It can happen to you and it's deadly serious.
I go to this gym full of stunt men. There aren't any TVs or treadmills there. This is a spit-and-sawdust kind of place. It has a lot of great training aids - trampolines and bags and every weapon ever invented to do harm to a human being. If you want to know how to throw a knife, it's great.
Rumors of sneezing, kissing, tears, sweat, and saliva spreading AIDS caused people to panic.
We started the AIDS virus. We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty.
Some countries that I go to are still trying to deny that it's happening. In India, 2.1 million people are living with HIV AIDS. India manufactures most of the drugs that are used to cure HIV around the world, which is an amazing, amazing fact that most people don't know.
My own child, one of them, died of AIDS. A brilliant boy.
Small aids to individuals, large aid to masses.
In acting, there's a type of courage you're recognized for all the time. You lose 100 pounds and play a guy with AIDS, and you get rewarded. But, in life, doing what is courageous is quiet, and no one knows about it. Courage is someone making sacrifices for their family or making selfless decisions for what they hope or feel.
I have always made a distinction between healing and curing. To me, 'healed' represents a condition of one's life; 'cured' relates strictly to one's physical condition. In other words, there may be healed quadriplegics and AIDS patients, and cured cancer patients who are leading unhealthy lives.
My name is Ryan White. I am sixteen years old. I have hemophilia, and I have AIDS.
AIDS is a horrible disease, and the people who catch it deserve compassion.
I fight AIDS because it's a killer disease, destroys the human race in all fields.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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