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Relax, don’t do it…

Holly Johnson (of Frankie Goes To Hollywood fame, responsible for 80s hits such as Relax) has been HIV+ since 1991 and is on ARVs which be believes contribute to his survival.

The fact that he now lives “like a nun” (Johnson, notably gay, was suffering ill health likely as a culmination of drug misuse) unfortunately does not register to Johnson as a crucial part to his well-being. Indeed, the type 2 diabetes which is a likely consequence of his medication, seems to be accepted as a wholly valid sacrifice to tame ‘HIV’.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood could be seen as one of the bands that soundtracked the rising Western gay liberation movement. Their music alluded to a freedom and hedonism beyond their heterosexual contemporaries.

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