In a Songfacts interview with lead singer Don Dokken
, he explained how this song came together. "I wrote that right after I heard about AIDS," he said. "My uncle actually came down with AIDS – he died of AIDS. People were talking about AIDS, and when it first came out, it was more of a gay thing. So, we were like, 'We're not going to get it. We're not gay. It's a homosexual disease.' And it took a few years for people to realize that anybody could get it."
Mick [Dokken drummer Mick Brown] made a comment one night. I said, 'You should be more careful about what you're doing. Use a condom.' And he said something to the effect of, 'I'm not going to get AIDS. I only sleep with good-looking chicks.' And I said, 'I don't think the disease cares what the person looks like, Mick.' I thought it was a stupid thing for him to say.
So, it was about being on the road and one-night stands."