- Faith & Family
James Marshall, 70
Miami, retired transit worker
Yes, it’s in our power if we would stop having sex. That’s the best way. No sex is the only true safe sex. And that’s Biblically speaking too. If you put it another way, if there was no fornication then there wouldn’t be any need for any medication.
Is ending the epidemic of HIV/AIDS really Blacks’ power?
Leon Butler, 71
Miami, retired musician
Yes, it is in our power. The virus is being spread because people are not using protection and they are not going to the doctor. I’m 71-years-old and I know I’m in good shape. You have to to get good health insurance and get checked out.
Willie Newkirk, 70
Miami, motivational speaker
Yes. Magic Johnson was just on TV talking about how we have to become afraid of the virus again and I agree. People have lightened up too much just because Magic is living with AIDS and looking good. Now people have started to think that the illness can be ignored. But HIV can’t be ignored.
Akila Baki, 30
No, because it was not designed to be within our power. In a way it’s like cancer and the cancer treatment industry. A lot of times cancer kills you slowly. But before it does, it requires a lot of money over a lot of years to treat it. So whoever created AIDS designed it to make a lot of money off of it.
Danny Farrington, 57
Yes, if you practice safe sex that will cut down on the number of HIV cases. But right now that’s not going to happen because people don’t even know when they have the virus.
Darek Dudley, 60
Miami, floor technician
Yes, by having safe sex. But people aren’t practicing safe sex because of their ignorance.