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Anti-gay tripe can't inform public policy

Published:Saturday | June 6, 2015 | 6:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

In Clinton Chisholm's 'Sex 'rights' wrong' (Gleaner, June 5, 2015), he claims that, if a life-threatening virus is transmitted by a sexual act, the logical thing to do is to ban that type of intercourse.

You must know that the humanpapilloma virus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer, is transmitted by vaginal intercourse. So, do you propose making straight sex illegal? Or would you support providing heterosexual couples with the information to protect themselves as they partake in this private consensual form of intimacy?

Do you suppose that persons would readily seek out this information if they knew that doing so would, in fact, require them to admit their participation in an illegal activity?

I am, of course, posing these questions because you make the argument that gay sex is risky and should, therefore, be criminalised. This is clearly a disingenuous assertion, as it is only unprotected anal intercourse with an infectious partner that is the most effective way to transmit HIV.

A monogamous gay couple, with neither partner infectious, will not cause HIV transmission. However, a heterosexual couple where one partner is infectious will lead to the passing of HIV. I am sure that you know of Rosie Stone who was infected by her husband, Professor Carl Stone.

Your religious objections to same-gender intimacy are clear. However, please don't try to pass them off as reasoned public policy, because they simply are not.

MAURICE TOMLINSON

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Montego Bay, St James