New York, a city that symbolizes wealth and power the world over and is home to Wall Street wizards who regularly bank incomes of legendary proportions, is also home to thousands of street kids, a disproportionate number of whom are gay. Drawn by the allure of the Big Apple, destitute children from all over the country somehow find their way to New York, only to discover that its cold streets and bright lights do not offer solutions to their problems.
Spring is in the air. What's also in the air is the specter that this year we will celebrate thirty years of the planet's time with HIV and AIDS. Thirty years! Many things have changed in the way we look at the virus, the disease it causes, and the pandemic itself. The truth is that AIDS is not only a medical disease (or problem), but also a socioeconomical one, a financial one and, indeed, a cultural one.