HIV Patient: Ecstasy, Meth to Blame
Posted by Childress on June 4, 2006
When Andrew "D'Andre" Gonzales dies of AIDS, his death will not be attributed to Ecstasy and meth, and supporters of those drugs will not count him among the victims.
But Gonzales does.
In a San Jose (CA) Mercury News article today, Gonzales is profiled, and it's clear to see where he places the blame for his HIV:
"I knew I was going to get it. I was living a life of risk and not caring,'' Gonzales said in an interview at Bay Positives, a San Francisco drop-in center for HIV-positive youths.
The San Jose native, diagnosed with HIV in 2001, used crystal meth and the club drug ecstasy during an adolescence so turbulent that his parents placed him in a residential program for out-of-control teens. He knew what could happen if he had unprotected sex with men, he said, but the drugs wrecked his judgment.
For many, drugs are a part of the clubbing lifestyle, whether that lifestyle is gay or straight. Gonzales now watches from the sidelines and worries.
"Now I see younger kids doing what I was doing. If I could take it back, I would. But there's no use sitting here and feeling sorry for myself.''