this song was released in the late 80s. it was the only song on the first 'red hot and blue' album that directly addressed AIDS.
49% of the 37.2 million adults infected with HIV world wide are female. it's 59% in sub saharan africa.
"During the 1990s, the epidemic shifted steadily toward a growing proportion of AIDS cases among black people and Hispanics and in women, and toward a decreasing proportion in MSM, although this group remains the largest single exposure group. Black people and Hispanics have been disproportionately affected since the early years of the epidemic. In absolute numbers, blacks have outnumbered whites in new AIDS diagnoses and deaths since 1996, and in the number of people living with AIDS since 1998.
From 2000 to 2005, the estimated number of new AIDS cases increased in all racial/ethnic groups. Over the same period, the estimated number of new AIDS diagnoses increased by 17% among women and by 16% among men. The number of new cases probably due to heterosexual contact grew by 42%; cases probably due to sex between men grew by 24%; and the number among injecting drug users fell by less than 1%." rob nobel. statistics taken from CDC hiv/aids surveillance report 2005
i watched people die around me and no one knew what was wrong. i was a teenager at the onset and this sickness ran like a brutal twisted sub under the surface of every one of my personal interactions, destroying and gutting from below.
now all is forgotten. sheep to the slaughter. there is no reason for it now. and all my friends died for naught.