That New Virus

I’ve thought often of late about a young man I met in the first year of my public safety career. I was an ambulance EMT then, not yet a police officer, but the downtown streets of Austin were frenetic and immersed in violence and fear. Gang warfare had broken out in sections of the city as would-be warlords established crack cocaine territories, and a disease simply called “The Virus” spread demonic tendrils across the world. The young man and I had never met; I’ll never forget him. In those days AIDS was so new that alerts from the media and the medical community changed sometimes hourly. “Wear gloves and a mask and don at least two pair of gloves; masks and gloves won’t help if you breathe