Ever since the coronavirus pandemic started, people like me familiar with the HIV pandemic have been struck by many eerie parallels.

For example, HIV educators and health professionals have spent decades trying to help people understand that a negative HIV test is not a sufficient precaution.

The window period for HIV is a bit longer than with the Coronavirus. 21 days is it generally accepted number for the length of time our bodies take to produce detectable antibodies if we become infected with HIV.

As with the coronavirus, therefore, protection (condoms, safer sex, or pre-exposure prophylaxis ‘PrEP’) is necessary to prevent transmission.

When people like Trump claim that masks are not necessary because people have been tested, he’s making the same fundamental mistake people make when they decide to have unprotected sex with somebody who shows them a negative HIV test.

They’re playing Russian roulette, because a negative test doesn’t necessarily mean negative.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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