Queerty is better as a member
With his resume of campaigning for the wildly inappropriate Wiener and the hopelessly effusive Clinton, I’m kind of doubting that Florida will take a chance on someone so young and inexperienced (although, hey, the whole country did the same with Obama, so I suppose that pigs do indeed fly on occasion).
I just have to point out one glaring mistake he makes. And that is that “the higest infection rate of people living with HIV (US) are African American women.” The CDC does not say this. They clearly state that
“MSM remain the population most profoundly affected by HIV.” “MSM accounted for 78% of new HIV infections”. He needs to get the facts right. This info is out there, and easy to find. But seems like a nice level headed young man.
I would vote for the kid if I knew that he would not be a puppet in the hand of more powerful, older democrats. Would he have autonomy and independence, in case they let him run for the HoR?
Hello Mr. Aaron Darr, tell all the Mother F..U..C..K..E..R Tackle, BJ McFrisky, kylede, who speaks American, (English is something else)to suck eggs. Adam D`eHOMO.
He’s a cutie-pie! I wanna have his baybee!
@kylede: The author of this piece is named Graham, which indicates that he’s a native Brit or Aussie or something. (No U.S. native is named Graham, unless his middle name is Cracker.) But yes, we must wonder about Queerty’s grasp of basic American politics. Either they’re all foreigners living in San Francisco, or they were all stoned and half-asleep during high school.
@BJ McFrisky: “someone so young and inexperienced (although, hey, the whole country did the same with Obama,”
Yes – some of us voted for Obama because we were afraid of McCain having a stroke and we’d end up in a few months with President Sarah Palin!
Ambition + No Experience = Landslide Loss
Kid should start local… go for a city counsel seat and then move from there.
Half this interview was about his HIV-status. The other half had nothing to do with his economic, development, and management plan for the district he’s running for. Does he even have one? Oh, this was a “getting to know” you interview. Silly me. It’s so much more important to know about the candidate, rather than how the candidate will actually serve. Sounds like a puppet to me. He’ll make a great politician.
@Tackle: Yet the CDC also says this:
“Blacks/African Americans continue to experience the most severe burden of HIV, compared with other races and ethnicities.
Blacks represent approximately 12% of the U.S. population, but accounted for an estimated 44% of new HIV infections in 2010. They also accounted for 44% of people living with HIV infection in 2009.
Since the epidemic began, more than 260,800 blacks with an AIDS diagnosis have died, including an estimated 7,678 in 2010.
Unless the course of the epidemic changes, at some point in their lifetime, an estimated 1 in 16 black men and 1 in 32 black women will be diagnosed with HIV infection.”
Statistics are funny that way. They can be made to say pretty much anything you want them to say.
The headline says he’s mulling a run for Congress, but the article says he’s weighing a run for the Florida House of Representatives.
Which is it? There is a difference.
@Ben Dover: Hmmm, interesting logic there, Ben. Since you’d rather put a sickly person in office than an elderly person, I guess you’ll be rooting for Chris Christie in 2016, since his unhealthy obesity is better than Hillary’s impending dementia.
ps- Six years later, and McCain is going strong as ever. Looks like your fears were as unfounded as those who believe the oceans are going to rise next year due to our “carbon footprint.”
@Tackle: Both could be true.
Imagine world in which there are ten MSM and one African-American woman. Two MSM and the one woman seroconvert. Therefore MSM account for 67% of new HIV infections yet their infection rate is only 20%, well short of the 100% of women.
CDC stats are not that easy to dig up but I suspect he is citing something along these lines.
@BJ McFrisky: I don’t live in Florida – never even been there – so I don’t need to decide whether to vote for this “sickly” dude.
(I agree that he looks sort of sickly. Why is he so ghostly pale? Especially considering he lives in FL. Did he get HIV from being a vampire?)
But why do you think Hillary has “impending dementia”? She’s still quite a bit younger than several presidents & nominees of the past. OK, McCain is unfortunately still going strong, but HE seems demented.
And the oceans ARE rising. It’s funny that Republicans don’t even believe in science, but they’re so sure every college kid should get a science degree. Go figure.
Ah, BJ – you are the Carmela Soprano of Queerty, endlessly declaring “There is no Mafia! The Mafia doesn’t exist! My husband works in waste management!!!”
I doubt that many intelligent, experienced and sexually-informed people would insist upon using a condom with someone who looks like Aaron must have looked at 17 or 18. Your gut will almost always overrule your head and you just wouldn’t be able to associate that face with sickness and possible death. Now imagine how much less likely that insistence is going to be with an inexperienced teenager or young adult who has only heard of HIV in the abstract setting of a classroom or a magazine. And I imagine Aaron’s sex partners looked just as healthy and innocent as he did. Serious thought needs to go into how the risks of HIV can be made real and immediate to young people of all persuasions.
Considering his background, alcoholic father, etc., I am very, very impressed with him and wish him the best.
Are there really high school sophomores who don’t know that unprotected sex can transmit HIV? I suppose there are a few, but he seems far too intelligent to have been one of them. I suspect he knowingly took the risk, and got very unlucky.
Wow, very inspiring. I hope you are able to fulfill all your dreams and change this country for the better. Best of luck and I will be watching your situation and pray for you.
“I turned 18 and had gone out all summer, became friends with the wrong people and gotten into alcohol and became quite promiscuous.”
Pretty sure he was very attractive at 18 and getting pounded on a regular basis. I wonder if his opponent will ask if he disclosed his status to his partners, since he found out at 17 he was poz. He is in Florida, after all.
three separate sex partners by the age of 15? sounds kind of whorey to me. i am guessing he had unprotected sex most of the time. oh well.
He is very cute. Reminds me the twinks that always turned me away with a look of disgust in the ’80′s. He considers himself a victim. In addition to that mentality, he’s a very confused impractical “progressive” and will continue to promote government control instead of individual freedom. Sorry, We don’t need pretty communists in office anywhere…
Well I for one was very touched by this article but also felt hopeful for our future leadership. Yes, he is very young to be in a state congress. He may not even win this election but something tells me he isn’t going to give up and he has a long career ahead of him.
I think we need someone who is in slightly similar shoes (in terms of his diagnosis) to perhaps weigh in on this conversation.
I am 22 years old and at the age of 17 on February 17th 2009 (senior in high school) I was diagnosed as HIV positive. I have been *publicly* out about my HIV diagnosis for 2 1/2 years now. I have spoken with an HIV prevention non-profit at several high schools, middle schools, a rehabilitation center, a panel on youth sexual health at George Washington University, two events for awareness at James Madison University and other occasions.
When I read this, I thought “yes, yes this is what I have been saying we need. We need HIV positive youth to speak up. We need to make people understand how real this issue is to every sexually active human being in this nation” (and of course, world wide). This article was SUPPOSED to be about HIV, that is *one* of his motives for him to run! To educate others and ALSO to give a voice to those who have none (including HIV positive individuals). There are approximately one million people infected with HIV in the United States. The demographic in which the rate of infection is increasing annually the quickest (NOT the highest, the most rapidly increasing) is those between he ages of 13-24.
I am sure that there are individuals (as proof from some of these comments) reading this article who don’t completely grasp how difficult it must have been for Mr. Aarron Darr to have reached this far. I certainly have a very good idea (yes our backgrounds are different but I understand the struggle when it comes to living with this diagnosis at a very young age). The fact that he made it this far career-wise and chose to come out about his status the way he has is a testament to his intelligence, determination, compassion and courage.
Its like we had the same thoughts on everything and he put them so eloquently. This inspired hope within me that we truly are taking more and more steps to an HIV-free generation. I for one feel even more determined to be ever more active in this fight against HIV/AIDS on EVERY front, including politics.
@Bromancer7: You are absolutely correct in that stats can be made to say anything you want them to say. I always say, who’s ever in power can MAKE stays say anything they want them to say. Here’s an example: In 2020, the CDC released a ststatement, claiming that 48% of Black women in the US had Herpes type 2. This is what the CDC did not say. Total participants: 4128. But 2506 were Black. Only 850 were White. So the actual breakdown: 60.7% Black. 20.6% White. 11.3% Hispanic. 7.4% other. If Blacks comprise 12.9% of the US population, then why make them 60.7% of a study, and only make Whites 20.6% of study, when they comprise over 73% of the US population? This is the same method that is used, the.
(oversample) of Blacks, to get a high HIV/AIDS nunumber. It’s not that I believe the CDC ,when citing the numbers for Aaron Darr. I don’t know where he got his numbers/ stats from, but I’m sure that unlike me, it’s an organization that he believes in.
Thanks Queerty for correcting the headline.
@Chris-MI: No both cannot be true. Read my above post. But I get what you are saying. Another example, though false, but can scare the sh!t out of people. Say there is a tiny country, with a population of 500 people. And last year, 10 people became HIV positive. And this year,10 more became positive. That’s a. 100% increase, but only comes to 20 people out of 500. Games like this are played all the time on us.We don’t bother to do any critical thinking or ask questions. We just accept.
You know, anyway you place the statistics, its not going to change how many Americans are infected with this disease. How many people could get infected. Its really not a big deal, the solution is simple. When it comes to sex only leave two options for youth:
1)Sex with condoms or 2) abstinence.
The prevention of this virus is so simple but we fail to prevent due to lack of the most simple information.
Lets focus on stopping this virus and not the interpretation of a government department’s numbers.
Here are some other reliable resources for a variety of information on HIV:
I forgot to add the third option which is of course, healthy and educated family planning. Sorry about that.
While im at it, let me correct the hyperlinks (the last two):
Hey – why did you correct the headline and then change it BACK the wrong way? That’s just weird.
another democrat who has so totally messed up his own life through bad choices and now wants everyone else to share in his poor decision making as an elected official so he can go ahead and mess up everybody else’s lives too. no thanks to this loser. stay in retail brother, that’s better for all of us.
he is so cute and beautiful
If you would like to learn more about my experience, my record, my ideas, and the views that I believe in, please visit my website at http://www.aarondarr.com
I believe my website can and will answer many of your questions.
@Pablo Moulden: I agree with what you are saying. And you should tell that to the CDC
a government agency that has been obsessed with desimnating negative and false information about the health of Blacks for the past 30 yrs. To STOP focusing on race based stats, and focus on fighting this disease. Like other countries do. And it might be simple for you to say this, since maybe your group is not being targeted. But what you may not understand, is that lies should not be jusy brushed aside like it does not matter. Through the internet, we live in a global world. People will judge, treat and accept you by what they believe about you. And constant negative information about a group can cause alot of self hate among many, and cause some to direct that hate towards others within their group.
@AaronDarr: Aaron, I don’t care about your sexual orientation and I’m sorry to hear about your unfortunate and careless health situation. I just don’t like your politics. We don’t need politicians who think government can fix everything. Good luck to you personally, but I hope you don’t get elected.
@Pablo Moulden: “I am sure that there are individuals (as proof from some of these comments) reading this article who don’t completely grasp how difficult it must have been for Mr. Aarron Darr to have reached this far.”
Wrong. Always be aware of your audience. Some of us have been in this HIV/AIDS fight for over 15(me) to 20 and even 30 years. We were around when people like Aaron and yourself were basically the walking dead. We have lost tons of friends over the years, and yes, it does shock us that so many people in your age group still get infected. With that being said, I am proud that Aaron and yourself are not letting the disease define you and what you want to accomplish in life. Good luck.
I find it hilarious how once this very articulate, brave guy logged on and posted on this thread… everyone suddenly shut the hell up. All the horrible, distasteful comments about his sexual past and his status suddenly stopped. Amazing how the bitter queens are so tough when they are hiding behind a keyboard. It’s like when you’re doing naughty things as a teenager and you suddenly see your parent’s headlights pulling in the driveway. Better analogy: ya turn on the kitchen lights and all the roaches scamper about. Best wishes Aaron…in al your endeavors.
Good luck to you, Aaron Darr. I admire your courage.
@Tackle: “And it might be simple for you to say this, since maybe your group is not being targeted.”
I am homosexual and my community (homosexuals and Men who have Sex with Men [MSM]) have certainly been “targeted” in infection statistics for HIV. The CDC and many non-profits are simply reporting facts (reputable organizations/sources). Nowadays they report with integrity and they make sure to point out that this isn’t a disease that targets race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, nationality, socioeconomic status, etc. However it DOES target risky behavior (more specifically, I am speaking of sex without condoms). And for various reasons (some reasons we cannot explain, some we can), some demographics have shown higher numbers of infection, ergo for some reason there has been more risky behavior. However in other groups, such as MSM, the risky behavior is actually more prone to spread infection (depending on the manner of sexual intercourse). They are only trying to inform and educate others to arm them with the tools to *protect themselves* NOT to *persecute others*. Slowly, since the 80s, this country has changed its perception on HIV and those who are infected. It will continue to do so if we all do our part.
@money718: “Wrong. Always be aware of your audience. Some of us have been in this HIV/AIDS fight for over 15(me) to 20 and even 30 years.”
Thank you so much for all of your dedication and passion to fight for those who have passed away and those who currently live with HIV! Without support, the movement would not exist.
However please do not accuse me of not being aware of this. Please take note that I said that “there are *individuals*” who do not comprehend the hardship. I never said that everyone does not comprehend. Did you not notice how you were one of few who explicitly spoke up for the HIV/AIDS fight? Clearly I was not speaking of you or anyone else who is on that level of understanding and/or support. I hope you take this into perspective and that you respect my experience in not only living with this disease but also my knowing a great many people who are HIV positive. I am well aware that had I been living during the 80s or even the 90s that I would: either be in great pain or dead by now. I would also be putting my family through even greater pain than I already have. And trust me, I have put them through much despair and pain. I am fortunate to have been born today and in an area where I have access to treatment. In fact, it is paramount that HIV positive individuals my age understand this in order to appreciate those who fought before us.
I was only speaking of those who were passing on judgement in these comments. Not people such as yourself.
Thank you all for reading my comments. It means a great deal (especially since im so long winded).
@AaronDarr: Cordial and brief PR. Nice job my friend!
Keep it up and I sincerely hope you succeed whether it is now, in a few months, next year, 5 years or more. It would truly make me happy seeing you on a seat at the political forefront!
May your endeavors in the fight against HIV/AIDS AND the stigma surrounding it prove prosperous for us, our children and our children’s children. May we all journey together on the path to an HIV/AIDS free generation*
*whether it be decades or generations to come.
@AaronDarr: Aaron, there is NOTHING about your views, your record, your ideas on that website. so, what are you promoting, your cute little face? i see a young guy who is all about posing, hoping that will be enough to get some votes. you are right, it probably will be enough, perhaps enough to win, but not because ppl voted for your politics, but because they voted image, just like they voted for the black guy and will vote for the woman. where’s your substance man? i see you as a faker, a poser, pretty boy who knows that image is more than substance in american politics these days. i hope you lose. i hope you get out of politics, OR, at least stop keeping your political views a secret. sorry man, nothing personal, but your candidacy is a sad joke. you’re no politician.
@Pablo Moulden: When I speak of community, I’m talking about race/ethnicity. And the CDC does not report facts or report with integrity. You obviously are one of those who just accepts everything they say like it’s coming from the mouth of God. Why don’t you Google lies of the CDC, and then take your choice. You obviously do not understand about polls/ stats/ surveys, how they are done, conducted and how information is gathered and how numbers are crunched and manipulated to make things look a certain way.Many times when certain demographics
race/ ethnicity: show high numbers for infection, there is a hidden hand/external factors involved. Psychologically thinking, it’s very easy for people to believe the negative about certain groups: race/ ethnicity when they have been conditioned otherwise. And people cannot and will not accept that a Government run agency can be anything but benevolent. Looking out for the health and well being of all of citizens. That being said, @Pablo Moulden: I do like your passion for the fight against HIV/ AIDS. And on that, I say keep up the good work.
@AaronDarr: Aaron, I see nothing about your political views on your website. I see pictures with “celebrity” politicians which mean nothing. I see you stressed that you are gay, but a man of faith….which means?
I definitely would give you some “loving” lol, but not a vote at this point. But hey, you are still very young.
It just warms my heart to see all the catty bitches with their claws out. Only reinforces that we are our own worst enemies.
Keep at it girls. Let those true colors show.
I would hardly call Hillary Clinton effusive! Perhaps that term can be applied to Reagan, but not Clinton!
@Tackle: I understand you were specifically addressing race/ethnicity. I hope, however, that you understand that the not-heterosexual community is also very much focused on in the stats. I dont think it would be appropriate to exclude them in this discussion especially considering all of the publicity and hate campaigns stemming from the onset of HIV/AIDS in the 80s. However, I understand your argument.
I would also like to say I have more than just passion for this movement. I have knowledge and experience.
**Clearly I am not having a cock fight and im not try to compete so if someone in here (most likely yes) has more experience than me, this isnt a competition. No need to put me down cause you (proverbial) have more.**
I have had the privilege to work with and be mentored by some wonderful, intelligent, talented and immensely skilled people within the HIV/AIDS social work sector here in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. No, they are not politicians. They work for non-profits and many are HIV positive. Others have either family or friends who are positive or have lost loved ones to the virus.
I promise you sir my belief in those statistics (only the most current ones) are supported (NO, NOT always 100%. YES they disagree on more than a few occasions with the CDC. trust me) are backed by objective non-profit workers who dont get paid more to believe them, dont have a political agenda nor apart of some conspiracy theory.
This comment section is not fitting for my long comments and I simply dont have the space to defend my friends or explain my extent of knowledge. Feel free to contact me, there are social media links on my profile.
I would like to say @Tackle: that I do respect your efforts to show respect. I am sure any disrespect was unintended. I will try to make this my last comment. Anyone may contact me for questions or for friendly discord. Again thank you for your time in reading this absurdly long response (another one).
As someone who went to high school with Aaron, I can definitively say I would NOT vote for him. He’s pleasant enough, but has always thrived on drama and conflict. I’m looking for a NORMAL candidate. Had he simply been an HIV-positive gay man with a moderate agenda (though it sounds like he’s looking to play the moderate card simply to garner support in FL), I would whole-heartedly support him. Knowing him as a person, he will only serve to create scandal and media attention. I attend a fairly liberal university and my peers and I want someone who will speak for us and be taken seriously in order to effect change, not someone who will become a media sensation and act like a reality TV star. The fact that this article was mostly about HIV and not about his political views is a perfect example of his misguided intentions.
In addition, I can promise you that our high school wasn’t shielding us from information about safe sex. I took health my first semester of my freshman year and had even been taught to use a condom in my 7th and 8th grade MANDATORY health classes. We had very few teenage pregnancies, and no one I knew was clueless about anything. I peronally knew a few of his sexual partners who certainly knew how to have safe sex. He blames his poor decisions on the system, but I can promise you that Ohio was not to blame for his mistakes. Have as much sex as you want with as many people as you want in as many ways as you want, but don’t blame anyone else when you get HIV.
Need an account? Register It's free and easy.
Meet The Adorable Boyfriend Duo That Dresses CFDA Icon Of The Year Rihanna
PHOTOS: Vintage Fashion Ads From The 1980s
PHOTOS: Uptown, Downtown and Upside Down at the New York Boylesque Festival
PHOTOS: Gay Cowboys Lasso The American West
PHOTOS: Idina Menzel Back on Broadway in If/Then