‘Man who couldn’t catch AIDS’ commits suicide

Stephen Crohn, an artist and editor, in New York, Aug. 10, 1996. (Nancy Siesel/The New York Times)

Stephen Crohn, an artist and editor, in New York, Aug. 10, 1996. (Nancy Siesel/The New York Times)

The world is fortunate Stephen Crohn was born different.

Crohn, 66, “the man who can’t catch Aids,” committed suicide in New York, the New York Times reports.

Crohn was gay and watched many of his friends die. In 1978, when the disease was little understood, Crohn began caring for his partner Jerry Green, one of the first to die from the disease that became known as AIDS.

It was difficult to live in a state of “continuous grief,” said Crohn in a 1999 interview with PBS. “You keep losing people every year – six people, seven people. … The only thing you could compare it to would be to be in a war.”

But Crohn, the great-nephew of gastroenterologist Burrill B. Crohn, among the first to describe Crohn’s disease, never got sick.

Medical researchers took samples of his blood and subjected it to HIV concentrations thousands of times greater than what would occur outside of a test tube. His white blood cells proved impervious. A genetic quirk, a “flawed receptor,” made him immune. Soon, researchers found others who had similar resistances. The discovery led to the treatments being used today, and forms the basis of ongoing research towards a vaccine.

A freelance painter and travel editor for Fodor’s guides, he became the focus of documentary films and newspaper and magazine articles.

“What he contributed to medical knowledge is really quite extraordinary,” said Dr. Bruce D. Walker, the director of the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, M.I.T. and Harvard.

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Cosmo

September 17th, 2013
8:03 am

All that unprotected sex and never got aids. Years of playing russian roulette.

The real cause?

September 17th, 2013
8:03 am

Plenty of great documentaries have been made that present evidence that HIV is NOT the actual cause of AIDS and that it is more tied to lifestyle, drug use, nutrition, and overall health factors that compromise the immune system. Maybe this guy is living proof of that.

Tom

September 17th, 2013
8:16 am

10Dawgs

September 17th, 2013
8:23 am

Bernie31

September 17th, 2013
8:33 am

Member of the Lucky Gene Pool

FalconsWin22

September 17th, 2013
9:02 am

Chris

September 17th, 2013
9:21 am

Clearly Cosmo didn’t actually read the article. His genetic quirk would be akin to playing Russian Roulette while wearing a full body armor suit and constantly getting shot by the bullet in the chamber.

woodrow

September 17th, 2013
9:30 am

It sounds like he was mentally ill. That is the primary cause of suicide.

Thor

September 17th, 2013
10:20 am

Magic Johnson Same: If you would be so kind please illuminate us with the bible verses that back up the truth that you claim is there. I’m not gay, just curious as to how you intend to prove your point with rational and reasonable fact. You have already made it clear that you are not interested in any other points of view other than your own but please give us the facts behind your unassailable point of view. Thank you.

Tom

September 17th, 2013
10:38 am

It’s also an abomination to eat skrimps.

Curious Georgette

September 17th, 2013
10:39 am

So why’d he off himself? Er, I mean why’d he cash out?

Rebuttal

September 17th, 2013
10:46 am

Thor its definitely in the bible it says, “idolators, men who sleep men with men, fornicators – (men who sleep with woman without marriage) nor liars will inherit the kingdom of God”.

Kevin

September 17th, 2013
10:47 am

How does a person “catch” AIDS? I thought it was acquired from HIV. The only think I thought a person could catch in medical terms was a cold.

Rich Black

September 17th, 2013
10:52 am

I love Gay people!!!

DEE

September 17th, 2013
11:08 am

Maybe he finally caught AIDS and decided to kill himself.

Thor

September 17th, 2013
11:10 am

Homosexuality is an Abomination, not a sin The Bible says shrimp, amongst other things, are unclean and they should not be eaten. It is not a sin to eat food, unless it is in excess. I need to stop cherry picking the Bible to use as a weapon against Christians, which is also an Abomination. Forgive me as I continue to sin. Love the sinner, hate the sin.

Tom

September 17th, 2013
11:44 am

Leviticus 11:9-12
King James Version (KJV)

9 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.

10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:

11 They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.

12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.

Arje

September 17th, 2013
11:57 am

We know that people immune to the HIV/AIDS. This article never answered the obvious, Why did he commit suicide?

TDL

September 17th, 2013
12:01 pm

Are you that dense Arje? He committed suicide because it was too painful for him to remain living in a world where everyone he loved and cared about died around him- can you not infer that for yourself from what the article said?

TDL

September 17th, 2013
12:02 pm

And to everyone spewing hatred against gay people- you are no better than anyone else who you call a sinner or abomination. I think hatred of people for something they are inherently born with is far more atrocious than being gay.

Tom

September 17th, 2013
12:08 pm

My post at 11:44 am is a great copy and paste masterpiece, with the word abomination slipped in a few times by me to make it look legit. The greatest unforgivable Abobination is using the Bible as a weapon against the word of God and the people of God, and supporting the biggest Abonination which is Homosexulity.

Jesus Ain't Happy

September 17th, 2013
12:12 pm

If Jesus showed up today, the people he’d be pissed at would be all you hate mongers and the people who invoke his name as an excuse to get by with your bigotry and ignorance.

TDL

September 17th, 2013
12:13 pm

Here is an edit to my 12:02 posting:

And to everyone spewing hatred against God’s word- you are worse than anyone else who you call a sinner or abomination. Tolerance of people for something they chose as a lifestyle and are not inherently born with is far more atrocious than being gay.

Jesus Ain't Happy

September 17th, 2013
12:16 pm

If Jesus showed up today, the only people he’d be pissed at would be all homsexuals and their hypocrit supporters, and the people who use his name his name as weapon against Christians get by with your homosexual sins and abomination.

Jesus IS Happy ...

September 17th, 2013
12:22 pm

… but only with Christians. Anyone that takes God’s word and uses it against Christianity faces an unknown doom to contend with. The ad naseum assault on Christianity just makes the unknown and punishment even more severe. Christian haters are angry because they are very scared of their future.

itchy finger

September 17th, 2013
12:28 pm

Think about how many he infected with aids through unprotected sex. These homosexuals and their practice promiscuity and deviant behavior will continue to spread std’s to their own detriment..

Anthony Weiner

September 17th, 2013
12:31 pm

Stick with texting to avoid STDs.

Jesus Ain't Happy Part 3

September 17th, 2013
12:37 pm

Jesus says just leave me the hell out of your childish internet arguments.

Mayor Kassim Reed

September 17th, 2013
12:42 pm

Was watching the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders the other night and was wondering how ANY man could not like woman. They have to be screwed up in the head.

Jesus Ain't Happy Part 3

September 17th, 2013
12:54 pm

Attention all homosexuals and their hateful supporters …

Jesus says just leave me the hell out of your childish internet arguments

Karma

September 17th, 2013
1:08 pm

RIP Stephen Crohn. I am appauled at all the angry people that are using this man’s passing to spew hatred against Christianity. Why do you demand so much attention to yourselves? It is as if you think everything in life and every topic revolves around the homsexual lifestyle. Normal people do not demand this kind of attention. Stop with all the hatred towards God if you truely don’t believe in his word. Karma will add to your misery!

Bernie31

September 17th, 2013
1:35 pm

Tom

September 17th, 2013
1:38 pm

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+11%3A9-12&version=KJV

Link ↑

Leviticus 11:9-12
King James Version (KJV)

9 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.

10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:

11 They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.

12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.

Big Rome

September 17th, 2013
1:47 pm

Interesting article. I only wish we could have used this person’s blood to create a vaccine for HIV. Conspiracy Theorists are probably a step ahead of me in opining that the Government killed this guy to avoid the vaccine……

Fletch

September 17th, 2013
2:00 pm

That’s a shame – but to have that many friends die of AIDs every year, there are some serious behavioral problems at play as well. We know the prevention and the causes, so I am not sure why all of his friends kept keeling over unless they were just totally out of control.

Bernie31

September 17th, 2013
2:23 pm

Bernie31@ 8:33 am – This post is a Fraud. My words but not my post….original Bernie31

3d

September 17th, 2013
2:27 pm

I’m ignorant so I don’t know for sure, but I’ve heard that STD’s and worse are transferred from one to another when fluids are passed along via an open sore or wound.

I’m curious why the homosexual rate is much higher than the heterosexual rate.

Rob Smith

September 17th, 2013
2:33 pm

I think one of the main reasons we have articles online regarding anything gay-oriented is so that the people who would otherwise be a detriment to modern civilized society can allow themselves to be glued to this stuff like flies on flypaper, nagging and assailing away on the keyboard to produce hurtful quips that shoot every which way but in the direct of common sense, decency and logic. As far as I’m concerned, you can all keep at it. Here’s why (it’s really simple): the longer you sit in the dark behind your keyboard here, the better chance the rest of productive society has at making a go of a better world. So keep it up. Please. I want to see every hurtful, ill-informed, back-woods, so-called-moral half-wit statement hurled right here, right now. Don’t go anywhere. Stay seated right there and peck away at your little keyboard – bad English, bad grammer, poor typing and all. Who cares. Keep typing as fast as you can and as much as you can so you stay out of my way while I and the rest of the decent members of society keep up the good work on the streets, in the schools, on the phone with our elected city, state and federal officials, in our workplaces and out in our entire REL world. Thank you all in advance for staying out of the actual way.

@ Tom

September 17th, 2013
2:56 pm

Your obsession with shrimp and gay sex is noted. Epic failure if you are trying to compare the two as equal sins. Sorry dude, but that ad infinitum gay sex you are having is 1 million times worse than eating a few shrimp from Captain D’s every so often.

Are trying to tell us you crave shrimp during your gay sex?

Thanks for sharing!

Rob Smith

September 17th, 2013
3:14 pm

I was just trying to steal the spotlight that shines on Stephen Crohn. Is that wrong to troll on a tribute? Then I don’t want to be right.

@ Rob Smith

September 17th, 2013
3:29 pm

Is that the best “name” you could come up with? Maybe this will help next time you want to throw a legit online hissy fit …

http://www.thespoof.com/news/us/21827/list-of-male-gay-names-revealed-by-computer

LydiasDad

September 17th, 2013
3:49 pm

What a gross, gross man.

WAR EAGLE

September 17th, 2013
6:02 pm

As Stone Cold told Bible Thumper Aurelius Smith aka JAke the Snake-Austin 3:16 says I just kicked your bible thumping A$$! As for the gays- it is a genetic mutation of brain cells. So it is a mental thing. As for the KJV- no offense, but you do realize that the entire book was written by a guy was not even there. That’s like some black guy writing about what went on in a slave tunnel with Harriet Tugman. How would he know? He was not there? Did John the Baptist come up to KJ and said, “Dude! have I got a story for you?” NO! For all we know, these people who have allegedly wirtten these books were just playing a joke on us to see if we would take the bait!

Ol' Timer

September 17th, 2013
6:28 pm

Some religious people have a difficult time with gays because they can’t come to grips with the fact that God may have made them that way. . . .that’s the way they were born. . . .they didn’t one day just decide to be gay. . . to be hated and discriminated against. . . .to be physically assaulted. . . made fun of and called names. . . THEY WERE BORN THAT WAY! “Against such stupidity even the gods contend in vain.” ~Schiller

Corey

September 17th, 2013
7:34 pm

Devout authoritative Christians, please explain this. In the tenth chapter of the second book of Kings, an account is given of two baskets full of children’s heads, seventy in number, being exposed at the entrance of the city; they were the children of Ahab, and were murdered by the order of Jehu, whom Elisa, man of God, had anointed to be king over Israel, on purpose to commit this bloody deed, and assassinate his predecessor.

Would you allow a book with this type writing in it to be read by your elementary school age kids? Yet, you exclaim the Bibile to be the word of God and the “good book.”

northernsong

September 18th, 2013
4:37 am

Seriously, what’s with the Bible circle-jerk going on here? Have some compassion and some sense. A man who has not hurt anyone and has in fact helped millions by allowing himself to be a research subject has met with a tragic end, and none of that has anything to do with an ancient collection of Middle-Eastern mythology.

Bill Clinton's Love Child

September 18th, 2013
7:14 am

@northernsong: “A man who has not hurt anyone and has in fact helped millions by allowing himself to be a research subject has met with a tragic end.” Are you talking about Jesus? Just substitute past tense with the present tense used in your post and Presto!

YourPlanetIsAToilet

September 21st, 2013
7:55 pm

1 more down only 98,000,000 more to go! (Factoring the most recent census that 1.4% of the population is homo)