A new study is showing an increase in HIV infections among young gay men in NYC, but thank God much of the traditional media has ignored this story in favor of Britney's disastrous performance at the VMAs. I mean seriously, the Britney story has it all: a fading pop starlet who at 25 years old is desperate for a career comeback, a bad weave, a more unfortunate wardrobe malfunction than Janet's nip slip, alcohol, a diva hairstylist and the worst job of lipsynching since Milli Vanilli. The HIV story is only about a disease that has infected some 40 million people, its increase among younger gay men and the limits of current educational strategies and preventive technologies.
I get that to some people the lives of gay men are not nearly as important as the ins and outs of the latest celebrity train wreck and that talking about homosex is icky unless it involves toe-tapping, wide stances and cute undercover cops, but one would think that the gatekeepers of the traditional media would at least pretend to care about the lives of potentially millions of men. Amongst the endless chatter about whether or not Britney is too fat it should be possible for editors and producers to spare a few column inches or seconds of airtime to report that they number of infections among gay and bisexual NYC men under 30 has increased since 2001 and that much of that increase is among Black and Latino men. Right?