Monday, 9 October 2006

HIV is Gay Too

Following last week's ill judged attempt by the Lib Dems to fight homophobia by branding it "gay" as in uncool/naff, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center are following down the same route with a campaign claiming that "HIV is a gay desease".

I think there is a tiny but VERY important word missing here: "also".

Yes, many sufferers of AIDS happen to be gay and yes, there is a general apathy in the community in regards to prevention but there are also millions of straight people who are ill and this sort of campaign is, I think, only giving credence to that good old right wing religious view that HIV and AIDS are the "gay cancer" and gay people's fault.

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