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The plague is over, let’s party

An HIV diagnosis in Britain is no longer a death sentence—thanks to costly new drugs. But as the spectre of death fades, so do the most visible reasons to avoid risky behaviour. Now the Aids prevention industry has a whole new set of problems

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I’m in a bar in Soho. A message flashes up on the plasma screen on the wall behind me: “Tom, I want to nibble your biltong.” A guy leaning against the banisters makes a show of putting his mobile phone away while making eye contact with a cute blond boy at the bar. Cute blond blushes. Soon, they’re smooching in a corner. How Tom’s biltong fared that night I don’t know, but I can guess.

This is London’s gay scene in a world without Aids. Since treatment for HIV became available…

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