Love, Sex and Dating in the Time of Corona – Psychology Today

Love, Sex and Dating in the Time of Corona – Psychology Today

Gran Fury Used With Permission

Source: Gran Fury Used With Permission

Most articles these days about COVID-19 and the Coronavirus are using the adjective “unprecedented” so frequently it’s become ubiquitous with our collective consciousness.  However, when it comes to dating and sexual activity, these experiences DO have some precedent.  The AIDS epidemic covered a period of 14 years before there was a prophylactic treatment that could treat HIV and prevent AIDS from developing. In fact the anniversary of the first reported cases to the CDC was on June 5, 1981. 

During that period, if you were single you had to make many decisions about if and how you were going to have a sex life. There were many gay men living in American urban cities that decided against any sexual connection because they had literally seen scores of their friends die from AIDS. I have heard older gay male clients tell me they feel like they lost their twenties and the ability to sexually experiment because they made this exact decision to be abstinent from partner sex.  But the majority of gay and straight folks did not stop having sex altogether. 

Organizations like Gay Men’s Health Crisis co-founded by Larry Kramer (who recently passed away), a white activist and playwright stepped in when the president and NYC’s mayor wouldn’t even
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