Video still from erotic short, ‘Pachisi’.

The New Intimacy

In 1981, a rare and lethal disease started hitting the US. It spread like wildfire among certain communities, without known origin, treatment, or cure.

Two years and nearly 1,300 US deaths later, the route of transmission for the disease became clearer, ruling out casual contact, environmental surfaces, and air. Cases were discovered in other countries across the globe, revealing the disease had reached epidemic proportions. Many…

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