Is AIDS a “Gay” Disease?

Is AIDS a “Gay” Disease?

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Internally, when these numbers come out, the ‘established’ gay community seems to have a collective shrug as if this isn’t our problem.  Folks, with 70 percent of the people in this country living with HIV being gay or bi, we cannot deny that HIV is a gay disease.  We have to own that and face up to that.

Matt Foreman, Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

 

HIV positive test sample with medical forms

Is AIDS a gay disease? Almost all of the major homosexual groups tell us that it isn’t.  They claim that it should not be associated with homosexuality in any way, shape or form because it allegedly leads to the “stigmatizing and scapegoating” of homosexuals.

For example, David Salyer of the AIDS Survival Project said during the height of the epidemic:

“HIV is a gay disease.”  This is a myth that refuses to die.  Misinformation, fear, ignorance and media sensationalism continue to fuel this myth in America.  For every one person like me trying to tell the truth about HIV transmission, there seems to be a dozen shrieking, simpleminded, natural-born dullards with a staggering inability to grasp reality.  HIV is not a gay disease.  Nope.[1]

This assertion is an essential component of the carefully-engineered campaign intended to convince us that homosexuality is just as healthy as heterosexuality.  Anyone who disagrees or attempts to present scientific evidence to the contrary is not debated, they are simply shouted down.

The plain truth is this:  Only behavior change will reduce or eliminate any sexually transmitted disease, and the first step to stopping HIV/AIDS is to recognize what kind of behaviors help it propagate.  In a sense, the homosexual special rights movement is actually perpetuating this awful disease with its actions and attitudes.

The AIDS plague will always be linked to homosexual behavior in the public mind — even if that collective “mind” is too intimidated to speak out.  AIDS originated with homosexuals, and 85% of all new cases still occur in male homosexuals and bisexual men.[2]

The Harm Done by LGBT Activists

All people have a God-given right to privacy.  This right covers legitimate relationships, such as those between husbands and wives, doctors and patients, attorneys and clients, and clergy and penitents.  However, American courts have ruthlessly mined the Constitution to illicitly expand the right to privacy to include abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, pornography ― and now, ersatz homosexual “marriage.”

This illicitly expanded right to privacy is not simply some theoretical construct that has little or no application in real-life situations.  Homosexual groups have used it to cripple government efforts to curb the very disease that is killing them by the thousands every year.

lgbt activist parade

Organized “gays” have blocked blood screening for HIV, fought the closing of homosexual bathhouses, advocated the legalization of both male and female prostitution, shut down contact tracing and sexual partner notification, opposed making the deliberate infection of another person with HIV-AIDS a crime, and promoted the use of condoms, which have a 6 – 8% failure rate.[3]

It is very interesting to note that the homosexual strategists successfully deflected their responsibility for spreading the disease by first successfully quashing the labels GRID (gay-related immune deficiency) and “gay cancer,” and then expanding the list of “victims” into the so-called “4-H Club:” Haitians, hemophiliacs, heroin users, and homosexuals, in that order (notice who is last on the list).

The radical homosexual lobby still accuses the government of so-called “AIDS genocide,” and asserts that the Feds “have blood on their hands.”  This attitude is in keeping with the special rights activist’s compelling need to shift the blame for their entirely avoidable predicament onto others.

Misinformation Spread by Activists

To show how out of touch the mainstream media is with reality, Newsweek Magazine, which has featured AIDS on its cover no fewer than twenty times, laid the blame for the AIDS epidemic at the feet of “homophobia and religious leaders steeped in moralistic doctrine who have suppressed honest conversation about how to stop it.”

We really must ask — was it priests and preachers who encouraged men to go out and have sex with hundreds of anonymous partners?  Did they order homosexuals to grossly abuse drugs and alcohol so that their judgment was impaired or destroyed?  Did the preachers command them to fanatically oppose any and all AIDS prevention measures?

Or is it the media that is complicit in so many deaths, because it refuses to back time-tested public health measures, and instead coddles, promotes and excuses everything the special rights movement does?

In perhaps the most extreme statement of self-excusal, Harry Hay, founder of the first homosexual organization in the United States (the Mattachine Society), accused conservatives of developing and spreading the AIDS virus.  Hay claimed, “I share with many people the secret, sneaking sensation that, on one level or another, it [AIDS] may have been introduced by reckless Republican reactionaries of the stripe of Ronald Reagan.  Not Reagan himself — he’s too stupid.”[4]

3d illustration of HIV virus. Medical concept.

Illustration of the HIV virus

Federal Funding for AIDS Research

Contrary to the high-profile posturing by Hay and many others, the facts show that federal expenditures on AIDS research, education and prevention per person are much greater than for any other killer, including all heart diseases, strokes or cancers, even though the latter diseases cause many more deaths.  As syndicated investigative journalist Michael Fumento has noted:

A death is a death.  We are getting less return for the money than if we left it in the research of cancer and other diseases.  People will die of those diseases because of the shifting of money to AIDS.  We will never know their names, and no one will ever knit them a quilt or block the Golden Gate Bridge for them.[5]

One indicator of the priorities our country sets on health care is the amount of money spent on disease prevention relative to the impact that disease has on the general population in terms of deaths, lost days of productivity due to sickness, and other measures.

AIDS now claims an extremely high and disproportionate share of limited research and preventions funds.  As of 2015, annual National Institutes for Health (NIH) expenditures per death for AIDS have been forty times that for heart disease, 12.6 times that for lung diseases, and seven times that for cancer.

The federal government alone has spent more than $367 billion on AIDS and its victims.  2014 federal expenditures work out to more than $38,000 per person with AIDS — and this is for only one year!  Care, cash and housing allowances work out to about two-thirds of this amount, or $27,700 per person per year — and this number does not include direct assistance from state and local governments and private funding.[6]

All of this shows the power of the homosexual lobby as it greedily gobbles up every penny it can get its hands on for its very small percentage of the population, thereby depriving millions of others of badly-needed assistance.  Christopher H. Foreman, a political analyst with the Brookings Foundation, says that homosexual demands for unlimited AIDS money constitute “… a remarkably successful lobby.  In an era of diminished budgetary resources, many other things in the public health sector will not get money.”[7]

AIDS deaths have decreased by nearly two-thirds since its peak in 1995, but funding has more than doubled during this time.

This is exactly what pro-family people are talking about when they deride “special rights” for homosexuals.  For millions, the debate is more than theoretical: nobody will ever be able to calculate the number of people who have died because their diseases lacked researchers to work on them due to the massive diversion of funds to AIDS.  The funding for AIDS is gigantic and constantly expanding, while other diseases that kill far more people go begging for even the basics.

cancer patient woman looking out window

But still AIDS funding climbs relentlessly, because lawmakers know that if they vote against any increase, the homophiles will instantly brand them as “hate-filled bigots” and “homophobes.”  Congressman Ernest Istook said:

The media pressures and influences depict AIDS as the horrible disease as opposed to one of many horrible diseases.  There is frankly a fear among many members of Congress that they will be depicted as people lacking in compassion if they dare mention that [other diseases] afflict far, far more Americans and cost this country far, far more than AIDS does.[8]

Conclusion

Thanks to the strenuous efforts of the medical profession, AIDS has been transformed from an automatic death sentence into a chronic debilitating disease.  The death toll has decreased, but the number of people living with AIDS is steadily increasing, putting a huge strain on the health care system.

It would not be so if the special rights movement had behaved responsibly since the appearance of the disease.

 

Endnotes

[1] David Salyer, AIDS Survival Project.  “Getting it Straight: HIV as a Gay Disease is a Myth that Refuses to Die.”  The Body website at http://www.thebody.com/content/ art32330.html, March 1999.

[2] A total of 37,887 new cases of HIV were diagnosed among men in 2013.  Of these, 31,959, or 84.4%, involved male-to-male sexual contact (Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2013 [HIV Surveillance Report, Volume 25].  Table 1a, “Diagnoses of HIV Infection, by Year of Diagnosis and Selected Characteristics, 2009–2013, United States”).  This means that, since about 2% of men are homosexual, they are (84.4/2)/(15.6/98) = 265 times more likely to contract HIV than heterosexual men.

[3] According to the National Gay Task Force, screening donated blood for HIV is “scapegoating” and “stigmatizing” [Journal of the American Medical Association, February 4, 1983; New Dimensions Magazine, March 1990].

[4] Outweek Magazine, June 27, 1990, page 95.

[5] Quoted in Alan K. Ota.  “Outing.”  The Oregonian, June 24, 1990, page M1.

[6] Kaiser Family Foundation.  “U.S. Federal Funding for HIV/AIDS:  The President’s FY 2016 Budget Request,” April 13, 2015.  Table 1, “Federal Funding for HIV/AIDS by Category, FY 2010 – FY 2016 Request (US$ Billions).”

[7] As described in Alan K. Ota.  “Outing.”  The Oregonian, June 24, 1990, page M1.

[8] Michael Fumento.  “The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease.”  The American Spectator, December 1998.

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Brian Clowes, PhD
Dr. Brian Clowes has been HLI’s director of research since 1995 and is one of the most accomplished and respected intellectuals in the international pro-life movement. Best known as author of the most exhaustive pro-life informational resource volume The Facts of Life, and for his Pro-Life Basic Training Course, Brian is the author of nine books and over 500 scholarly and popular articles, and has traveled to 70 countries on six continents as a pro-life speaker, educator and trainer.

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