Big indicator of how different life is in Los Angeles? The porn industry shuts down after an unidentified actor, known publicly as Patient Zero, is diagnosed with HIV, and it’s covered on local TV as a (more or less) straight-ahead business story. Even bigger indicator? You bring up how unusual that is at a party and everyone looks at you like you just fell off the turnip truck.
I suppose if it had been a story about the Gush [caution: tread lightly with that link], people might have been more taken aback.