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

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From:mofic
Date:June 23rd, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC)
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I've only dealt directly with HIV in "Fear the Rest," where I'm writing Erik as bisexual and active in the gay community in the late 80s and early 90s; it felt necessary to me to have the reality of AIDS touch his life in a personal way, because that's been such an important experience shaping the perspectives of men his age I know. He and Mystique wind up in a situation where she's having casual sex outside the relationship and he's having occasional sex with a partner who's HIV-positive, and their decisions about how to handle that aren't always easy ones.

That sounds really interesting. Can you tell me where I could read it?

I think people who do use them in real life may be more likely to not want to deal with them in fantasy as well.

That's a good point and one I hadn't thought of or heard before.

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From:penknife
Date:June 23rd, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC)
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I'll warn you that it's a WIP and hasn't been updated for a quite while, although I've recently started working on it actively again and the next chapter is now in beta. The first five chapters stand fairly well on their own, though. You can find them here, assuming I've figured out how to use tags correctly.

(If you're just curious about the handling of HIV issues, you can skip forward to Chapter 3, but you'll get a better sense of what's going on with the characters if you read the previous two chapters first.)
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