Tough topic, but two brilliant songwriters rose to the challenge: Neil Young and John Prine. Herewith:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbcZMocgYrk << I could get all political with this but I won't. Not on this day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWD2Re6SsUU << the scourge affects all communities; then there's the JC version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-fc2j38Ab4 << he knows whereof he speaks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd3oqvnDKQk << RIP Danny Whitten and the others One of the more beautiful, fully-realized man-to-man love songs* ever written. No hate, just sorrow. And here's limpid/lucid/lovely cover--Laura Marling makes this her own: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYchtTodobs << I've lost good friends to this scourge, as the previous song explained.
* The Greeks had 3 words for love--agape, eros and philia. Eros is easy; philia is generalized love of mankind, learning, creating. Then comes agape: The soul-deep, I'd -do-anything-for-you love you have for a long-term friend--the relationship has been tested and held strong. That's what Mr. Young was talking about.