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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Fags and Junkies
Bordowitz, Gregg
July 24, 1988
Gay Community News (07/24/88) Vol. 16, No. 3, P. 5

Every community has to recognize drug abuse as its problem, rather than continuing to believe drug abusers are "outside" communities, says Gregg Bordowitz, a gay HIV-positive man who is a drug addict and alcoholic. Bordowitz says he was unable to negotiate safe sex until he stopped drinking and abusing drugs. The two issues cannot be separated, he says. Identifying people with AIDS as either fags or junkies further divides us and aggravates the exclusion of disenfranchised groups from traditional health care. In the case of addiction, the government has turned a sickness into a crime. To fight AIDS, everyone affected by it must come out as a coalition against repression and containment, Bordowitz says.