Activist and playwright Larry Kramer speaks with the New York Times as his iconic AIDS crisis chronicle The Normal Heart is set to premiere on HBO May 25.
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Kramer talks with the paper about the play's journey to the screen, and about his disappointeds at what gay people have not achieved yet in terms of equality:
“Considering how many of us there are, how much disposable income we have, how much brain power we have, we have achieved very little,” Mr. Kramer said. “We have no power in Washington, or anywhere else, and I say it over and over again, and it’s as if it falls on deaf ears. It doesn’t occur to people how to turn that around.”
He also talks about his own current health:
“I came close to dying twice since the beginning of the year; it has been awful,” he said recently, back in his Greenwich Village apartment after a long hospital stay. “I fought to hang on to get to this moment. There were so many times I never thought I would.” (While some friends worry that he might have AIDS, Mr. Kramer, who is H.I.V. positive, said his health problems are mostly intestinal.)
And about the new PReP, using Truvada to prevent HIV infection:
“Anybody who voluntarily takes an antiviral every day has got to have rocks in their heads,” Mr. Kramer said, describing the side effects of drugs he has taken. “There’s something to me cowardly about taking Truvada instead of using a condom. You’re taking a drug that is poison to you, and it has lessened your energy to fight, to get involved, to do anything.”