Hastur, did you even so much as look at the article cited by neutron star?
Infection rates in gay men are NOT going down; they are going up, and going up dramatically. Gay men may “know” about the risks, but they are not acting on them. They either hear about the rising rates in heterosexuals, and somehow rationalize that that no longer means gay men are at risk, or they think HIV is no big deal because nobody’s dying since any more so many new drugs have been introduced.
Well the dramatic downturn in AIDS deaths may prove illusory - many suspect these drugs delay progression of HIV disease, but cannot stop it entirely, and have only postponed for 5-10 years the number of deaths that would have happened in the last 5 years with the newer, more potent meds like protease inhibitors, but that barring additional new meds, the US is in for another period when HIV-infected patients start dying in large numbers.
Eve, it may not have been Reagan’s gameplan, but C. Everett Koop (Reagan’s Surgeon General) did more to limit the spread of HIV, and to assemble and fund the very productive reseach programs that have given us protease inhibitors and other potent anti-retroviral agents than anyone Clinton ever appointed.
It was Army researchers studying potential Army recruits during the late 1980’s under Reagan/Bush administrations who first sounded the alarm that HIV rates among female recruits from NYC were approaching HIV rates among young men, highlighting the fact that HIV was evolving into a heterosexually transmitted disease.