There would be eight dates, five minutes each, with a break between the fourth and fifth.Abe informed us that although we were going to be speed dating in our respective age groups, we were free to meet anyone we wanted to.After all, it's only a five-minute meeting, and isn't the point to get a date out of it?
By 1992 an estimated 20 percent of sexually active adults were infected.
By 1995 that proportion had reached one-third, and today it is roughly 40 percent.
The virus has spread extremely rapidly in Botswana.
Two decades ago, virtually no one there was HIV-positive.
Vast and underpopulated, it is largely free of the teeming slums, war zones, and inner-city drug cultures that epidemiologists say are typical niches for the human immunodeficiency virus. Shortly after gaining its independence from Britain in 1966, large diamond reserves were discovered, and the economy has since grown faster—and for longer—than that of virtually any other nation in the world.
Education is free, corruption is rare, crime rates are low, and the nation has never been at war.
We were told to turn in our worksheets; Abe would put all the info together and send us an email with our matches the next day. (Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in Internet search results.
Botswana seems an unlikely place for an AIDS epidemic.
The speed dating event for gay men living with HIV was run by The Men Event, which partnered with Impac to help men to meet up.
I asked my friend Matt to come with me, since I'm a coward. Although I find 20-somethings fun to look at, they intimidate me.
I went to the bar and ordered a fortifying Diet Coke. At a little past 7, our host Abe gathered us together for a speed-dating tutorial.