Monday, June 09, 2008

No threat of heterosexual AIDS

From The Independent:

A quarter of a century after the outbreak of Aids, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has accepted that the threat of a global heterosexual pandemic has disappeared.

In the first official admission that the universal prevention strategy promoted by the major Aids organisations may have been misdirected, Kevin de Cock, the head of the WHO's department of HIV/Aids said there will be no generalised epidemic of Aids in the heterosexual population outside Africa.

Dr De Cock, an epidemiologist who has spent much of his career leading the battle against the disease, said understanding of the threat posed by the virus had changed. Whereas once it was seen as a risk to populations everywhere, it was now recognised that, outside sub-Saharan Africa, it was confined to high-risk groups including men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, and sex workers and their clients.

Dr De Cock said: "It is very unlikely there will be a heterosexual epidemic in other countries. Ten years ago a lot of people were saying there would be a generalised epidemic in Asia – China was the big worry with its huge population. That doesn't look likely. But we have to be careful. As an epidemiologist it is better to describe what we can measure. There could be small outbreaks in some areas."

Want me to let you in on a little secret? There never was any threat of any kind of AIDS pandemic among the heterosexual population. HIV is an organism which is spread almost entirely through voluntary behavior. Since most heterosexual men do not have sex with other men or with prostitutes and do not inject drugs they are at virtually no risk for the disease.

The manufactured fear of a heterosexual pandemic was intended to serve a two purposes. one political and the other social. The political purpose was to generate greater funding for AIDS research and the social goal was to deflect negative attention from the homosexual population.

When AIDS was first identified it quickly became apparent that homosexual acts were a primary means of transmission. The homosexual rights community sprang into action with a campaign to prevent public health authorities from taking any of the actions which they would have applied to any other dangerous communicable disease. Their primary concern was the preservation of a highly risky lifestyle choice of a subset of the larger homosexual community, that of the hyper promiscuous "bath house culture" which was centered in large urban areas.

The opposition by homosexual activists to common sense public health measures was responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of homosexual men and heterosexual women who were (usually unknowingly) married to bisexual men.

The activists who worked so stridently to obscure the truth about AIDS did their work so well that some observed that HIV was the first disease organism in the history of the world to be granted civil rights.

Those activists have a great deal of blood on their hands.