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June 21st, 2005
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HIV, in fanfic and in real life

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From:eveningblue
Date:June 22nd, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)

Re: AIDS in Slash

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She was infected via a transfusion she got when she was pregnant with their first child, around 1980. She had the child and then got pregnant again before any symptoms started appearing and she was diagnosed. She and her husband started the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and were very active in the whole AIDS awareness campaign and in working towards finding a cure or preventative treatment for pediatric AIDS (the kind that is passed from mother to child). Her first child died when she was 7; Glaser herself died around 1994; their second child is still alive, in his early 20's I guess, and controlling the disease with medication (not sure of the specifics or if he is just HIV+). Paul Michael Glaser himself never contracted HIV.

The series was on the air from 1975-1979, so in any fics imagining the characters getting together either towards the end of the series or just after, AIDS is looming on the horizon.

When I first started reading them, it was difficult to filter out the overlay of knowledge I had about real life, especially since it actually affected one of the actors so deeply. But now I hardly ever think of it. Maybe writers of s/h fiction are especially loathe to mention anything about AIDS or safe sex, precisely because they don't want readers to be reminded of the unhappy real life story. It can be an unwelcome intrusion if you're trying to read something entertaining and escapist.
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From:mofic
Date:June 22nd, 2005 10:36 am (UTC)

Re: AIDS in Slash

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Maybe writers of s/h fiction are especially loathe to mention anything about AIDS or safe sex, precisely because they don't want readers to be reminded of the unhappy real life story. It can be an unwelcome intrusion if you're trying to read something entertaining and escapist.

That makes sense. I also think that something about the actor's life could interfere with the sense of him as really being Starsky (or Hutch, I'm afraid I've never seen the show and don't know which is which).

P.S. Can you explain your icon? Why the gun and eye patch? Does it look like you? How did you do it? And for that matter, why lemurgrrl?
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From:eveningblue
Date:June 22nd, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)

Re: AIDS in Slash

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P.S. Can you explain your icon? Why the gun and eye patch? Does it look like you? How did you do it? And for that matter, why lemurgrrl?

Ha! I made this icon on a site where you can compose your own South Park character. They have all sorts of accessories you can add, and I just thought the gun and the eyepatch were funny, especially juxtaposed with the dress and pearls.

And I like lemurs.

I do have another icon, though, and I will post it now. That's Starsky on the left. :-)
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