Ed Team

Michael Stipe on His Old AIDS Fears

Filed By Ed Team | December 20, 2011 9:49 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: HIV fear, HIV/AIDS, Michael Stipe, REM

"Most of the time that I was a pop star I loved it. But in this period leading up to 1985 I had this complete nervous breakdown, and nobody recognized it. The guys just thought I was being impossible. Depression wasn't something that people really talked about back then. Until I was finally able to get an anonymous H.I.V. test in '87, there was a sense of dread and paranoia every time I got a cold."

-- Michael Stipe speaking to the New York Times about being "scared to death that sex would kill" him when the AIDS epidemic was hitting its peak.

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