Mr. Johnson, You Have AIDS

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About Jared Karol

Jared Karol lives in Oakland, CA. He is a writer, an editor, a musician, a humorist, a rider of public transportation, a gay rights activist, the father of boy/girl twins, a San Francisco enthusiast, and a bunch of other stuff. You can find his writing on his personal blog, Lick the Fridge. He is also the co-founder---along with Amie Shea and Erin Margolin---of The Gay Dad Project, an exploration of the unique family configuration where one parent has come out as gay.


  1. I don’t know why I was even reading this article but I ended up reading the whole thing. You are a very good writer, pulling me in until the very end.
    It also helps that you were talking about a AIDS and were bordering on offensive when describing how you used to make fun of AIDS and homosexuals.
    Sorry to hear about your dad.

    • Thanks, Steve. I’m glad you stumbled upon the piece. Yes, that was the point. . . that I didn’t know any better as a kid, and then life’s circumstances forced me to grow up. I’m glad the post resonated w/ you. Thanks again for reading.

  2. Great Gatsby says:


    Deepest sympathies to you and your father. However, if you thought AIDS was a joke you must be one of the dumbest people I have ever heard of.

    Why would you ever think AIDS was a joke? I am now 38, so I grew up when AIDS was becoming an epidemic. Even when I was 10 years old, I knew the disease was very grave.

    If I were you, I wouldn’t post these random thoughts that pop into your head. Maybe get an editor.

    What a piece of junk article.

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