|| I remember after reading
the Science galleys doing a rough mental calculation of the number of
gays in the country and the percentage who were likely to be HIV-infected,
and estimating that there were half a million to a million people infected
with this lethal virus who did not know it. There was a weird feeling
of having this cataclysmic information that the world was not aware of.
I could not go out there and give a news conference saying that a lot
of people are going to die and that it is a real crisis. But it was a
very weird moment for me, feeling that I was privy to this information
that had not perked through people’s consciousness yet. Then there
were endless debates about how many of them would get sick and how many
of those would die. Unfortunately, the more pessimistic views turned out
to be correct.