Bearing Witness to the Epidemic
This chapter contemplates narrators’ motivations for participating in this study. These men have lived through an event so traumatic and incomprehensible that some could only compare it to a war. Yet they expressed frustration that the broader community treats HIV and AIDS as issues from the past without considering the impact on those who are still dealing with the pain of what they experienced. Interviewees aimed to both contest and extend existing understandings of their collective experiences as gay men with HIV across the 1980s and 1990s. They sought to give voice to an experience that many felt has been forgotten.