I’m watching Forrest Gump on TV. Like many, I’m a sucker for the film.
One thing has always bothered me …
Somewhat late in the movie, Jenny returns to Alabama to live with Forrest. She’s had a hard life, but now she’s with her longtime friend. Only she’s tired. Really tired. Really, really tired. She sleeps a ton. Something’s wrong, though we don’t know what.
Then, Forrest asks her to marry him. She says no, and leaves.
But first, they have sex.
We later learn two things:
A. Jenny has Forrest, Jr.
B. Jenny has HIV, then full-blown AIDS.
Oh, and she dies.
But the whole AIDS thing slips away. Forrest is never tested. Forrest, Jr. is never tested. Forrest spent a lot of time doing hard work. It’s certainly possible that, at the time he and Jenny had sex, he had, eh, a cut on his penis. Mowing the lawn. Yard work. It happens. And yeah, it’s somewhat difficult for a man to contract AIDS from a woman via sex. But far from impossible.
Anyhow, I’m not sure the point here. But Forrest needs to be tested.
Because after that film came out, guy was gettin’ l-a-i-d.