To the point of lying….

Talking about how HIV isn\’t solely or even mostly a gay disease now:

While the panic arising from the multiple diagnoses in the 1980s and 90s among gay men helped fuel the social perception among heterosexuals that HIV was \”something that happened to them, not to us\”, the picture today is very different.In every year since 1999, most new diagnoses of HIV have been through heterosexual contact. Although many point out that a good chunk of these infections are believed to have been contracted abroad, statistically meaning that in the UK you are still less likely to be infected if you engage in heterosexual activities, the numbers are still very chilling.

What horrible nonsense!

Heteros are some 95%- 97% of the population. Gays some 1-3 %. Thus looking at total numbers of infections only is terribly misleading: what we really want to know is what is the probability of acquiring the infection through either hetero or homo sex.

The latter is much more likely simply does to the basic biology of how some of that sex is conducted. Plus, of course, the incidence of infection in the particular population.

HIV isn\’t \”only\” a gay disease, absolutely true. But in the UK it is almost entirely one acquired through gay sex, sex in the epidemic areas of Africa or through the sharing of needles for drugs. Straight (umm, sorry) hetero to hetero transmission in the UK is almost non-existent.

4 thoughts on “To the point of lying….”

  1. “Straight (umm, sorry) hetero to hetero tranmission in the UK is almost non-existent. Really? A quick search on Google tells me that, for example, 58% of the people diagnosed with HIV in the UK in 2008 had been infected via heterosexual sex. Where are you getting your information from?

    Tim adds: Linked to in the Guardian piece I’m shouting about is a piece which says that 87% (or some such number) of hetero infections occur in Africa, people then moving to the UK.

  2. Who cares. One of the head guys over there in S.A. explained that taking showers will prevent it (or maybe cure it). I guess the problem in Africa is too few showers–or maybe too few people using the ones they have. NOt much we can do about either of those things.

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