Editors' Note: An actor and writer, Alex Garner co-wrote with Eric Rofes, "The Infection Monologues" - a funny and thought-provoking play about the modern HIV experience. Alex is the HIV Health and Lifestyle Contributor for FrontiersLA.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @alexgarnerla
KS or Kaposi's sarcoma is scary. When I read a headline like, "KS Is Back," my first reaction is, "Oh crap!"
I never had KS and knew only a handful of people who had it but it has always frightened me. In fact, it was the first malady I ever associated with HIV. I had watched the movie, As Is on Showtime as a 12-year-old and when one of the characters discovered KS on his lover's back I freaked out. I immediately ran into my bathroom to look for KS on my back even though I wasn't having sex yet and didn't identify as gay. I just knew that the men in the film were like me and what happened to them would happen to me.
So this KS headline frightened me and maybe that was the intention but I'm not a big fan of fear-based tactics. After reading the article more closely, maybe the headline should be, "KS Never Really Went Away." It's always been there though mostly unseen. Haunting us like an AIDS ghost.
The threat of KS should be taken seriously. This is a very thorough article that really helps the reader understand what KS is. But instead of acting like my freaked out 12-year-old self, I should take a deep breath. I suggest we all do that.
(Caption: David Warner and Michael Callen - Photo credit: Karen Ocamb)