Then came genital herpes, human papilloma virus or genital warts, several others. There was a time when this virtually shut down the sex lives of those who had become infected. With the introduction of anti-virals this became manageable and the taboo went away, woo-hoo, party on dudes and dudesses!
Then came a hideous wasting disease with sores and dementia that was pretty much a death sentence. This one took a long time to show symptoms, which maximized opportunity for infection. It was particularly easily communicable via any sort of contact leading to a “sharing” of bodily fluids. Homosexual men were particularly prone to exposure, due to the literally unclean nature of most of their sexual practices, as well as their wildly rampant promiscuity.
A disease vector on a par with third world mosquitoes, in other words. Was there any taboo that arose? Only briefly, once militancy took hold the vector morphed into victim, countless billions spent for a “cure” and homosexuals elevated to protected class status.
Now, full-blown AIDS stage is seldom reached, this plague with such seeming Old Testament symptoms and repercussions is now “manageable” too. Woo-hoo, party on dudes and, well, dudes?
Could anyone have predicted that yet another fatal disease would find its way into this disease vector par excellence? Oh, gosh, no, never, who’da thunk? Total shock. /s
I think you pretty much have it figured out. The bugs will ALWAYS catch up to us. They will mutate and they WILL clean up our lifestyle, whether we like it or not.
The free-sex crowd had their run for decades, due to antibiotics and AIDS medication, but those days seem to be ending quickly. Either they will behave, or natural selection will take over.