AIDS QUOTES

quotations about AIDS

A planet without AIDS is possible, but to create that planet we must do away with the vestiges of the old planet where testing positive to the HIV virus effectively relegates an individual to the subclass of Human society.

OCHE OTORKPA, The Unseen Terrorist

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Viruses have no morality, no sense of good and evil, the deserving or the undeserving.... AIDS is not the swift sword with which the Lord punishes the evil practitioners of male homosexuality and intravenous drug use. It is simply an opportunistic virus that does what it has to do to stay alive.

CHRIS CRUTCHER, King of the Mild Frontier

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HIV does not make people dangerous to know, so you can shake their hands and give them a hug -- Heaven knows they need it.

PRINCESS DIANA, Daily Star, Apr. 23, 1991

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Like no other illness, AIDS tests our ability to put ourselves in someone else's shoes -- to empathize with the plight of our fellow man. While most would agree that the AIDS orphan or the transfusion victim or the wronged wife contracted the disease through no fault of their own, it has too often been easy for some to point to the unfaithful husband or the promiscuous youth or the gay man and say "This is your fault. You have sinned." I don't think that's a satisfactory response. My faith reminds me that we all are sinners.

BARACK OBAMA, speech, Dec. 1, 2006

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The fear of AIDS imposes on an act whose ideal is an experience of pure presentness (and a creation of the future) a relation to the past to be ignored at one's peril. Sex no longer withdraws its partners, if only for a moment, from the social. It cannot be considered just a coupling; it is a chain, a chain of transmission, from the past.

SUSAN SONTAG, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors

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I have a beautiful address book a friend gave me in 1966. I literally cannot open it again. Ever. It sits on the shelf with over a hundred names crossed out. What is there to say? There are no words. I'll never understand why it happened to us.

JERRY HERMAN, attributed, Queer Quotes: On Coming Out and Culture, Love and Lust, Politics and Pride

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AIDS obliges people to think of sex as having, possibly, the direst consequences: suicide. Or murder.

SUSAN SONTAG, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors

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We live in a completely interdependent world, which simply means we cannot escape each other. How we respond to AIDS depends, in part, on whether we understand this interdependence. It is not someone else's problem. This is everybody's problem.

BILL CLINTON, attributed, Healthline

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The stigmatization and the excruciating pains of social alienation have compelled most victims to conceal their status while the malevolent ones continue to distribute the virus free of charge to unsuspecting men and women.

OCHE OTORKPA, The Unseen Terrorist

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It's really important for people who are HIV positive to reach out to let other people know that they can be tested, they can find out they can still live a life -- a positive life, a happy life.

LAURA BUSH, attributed, Changing the Present

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It is bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR, attributed, Women Know Everything!

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Tags: ignorance, death


History will judge us on how we respond to the AIDS emergency in Africa ... whether we stood around with watering cans and watched while a whole continent burst into flames ... or not.

BONO, attributed, Lines for Living

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Our HIV-positive friends get up and put on their best, bravest faces every morning, and by noon, they may look pretty good. But their nights are long and arduous--and for many of them, lonely. Perhaps it is time we journalists started inundating the public with information about AIDS again. Perhaps it is time our readers started paying attention again. It's still out there, and our friends are still suffering, despite how good they may look to you and me.

JAMIE O'NEIL, The Gay and Lesbian Times of the Desert

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The radical right is so homophobic that they're blaming global warming on the AIDS quilt.

DENNIS MILLER, attributed, Quotable Queer: Fabulous Wit and Wisdom from the Gays

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If condoms and potentially microbicides can prevent millions of deaths [from AIDS], they should be made more widely available. I know that there are those who, out of sincere religious conviction, oppose such measures. And with these folks, I must respectfully but unequivocally disagree. I do not accept the notion that those who make mistakes in their lives should be given an effective death sentence. Nor am I willing to stand by and allow those who are entirely innocent -- wives who, because of the culture they live in, often have no power to refuse sex with their husbands, or children who are born with the infection as a consequence of their parent's behavior -- suffer when condoms or other measures would have kept them from harm.

BARACK OBAMA, speech, Dec. 1, 2006

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Like some rabid animal, AIDS picked me up by the scruff of my neck, shook me senseless, and spat me out forever changed.

MICHAEL CALLEN, attributed, Queer Quotes: On Coming Out and Culture, Love and Lust, Politics and Pride

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We're all going to go crazy, living this epidemic every minute, while the rest of the world goes on out there, all around us, as if nothing is happening, going on with their own lives and not knowing what it's like, what we're going through. We're living through war, but where they're living it's peacetime, and we're all in the same country.

LARRY KRAMER, The Normal Heart

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AIDS. That virus too small to imagine travelling through our fluids, even a drop or two of saliva ... and unlocking our antibodies with its little picks, so that our insides lose their balance and we topple into pneumonia, into starvation. Love and death, they can't be pried apart any more.

JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit at Rest

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The battle against AIDS is not a last decade issue. It's going to be the next decade issue. We need to finish the job, get new companies, new interest. It's kind of annoying and sometimes upsetting that these global health issues can become creatures of fashion. People think Aids is done -- it's not done.

BONO, The Irish Times, January 24, 2016

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We owe it to Ryan to make sure that the fear and ignorance that chased him from his home and his school will be eliminated. We owe it to Ryan to open our hearts and our minds to those with AIDS. We owe it to Ryan to be compassionate, caring and tolerant toward those with AIDS, their families and friends. It's the disease that's frightening, not the people who have it.

RONALD REAGAN, "We Owe It to Ryan", Washington Post, January 11, 1990

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