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Bogus pro-gay arguments

Published:Thursday | April 22, 2010 | 4:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

Maurice Tomlinson of Jamaica AIDS Support for Life has accused the Jamaican Parliament of "wanting gays dead" because of Parliament's retention of anti-sodomy laws in the 2009 Sexual Offences Act.

He has also demanded tolerance for the vulnerable participants of the gay lifestyle claiming that tolerance is necessary to decrease the incidence of HIV/AIDS among men who have sex with men (MSMs).

How then does Mr Tomlinson explain the fact that the incidence of HIV/AIDS has been increasing among gay men in the United States since the early 1990s? Why was it necessary to introduce the 'National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day' (NGMHAAD) in 2008?

For the 2009 observance of the day, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a brochure titled 'HIV/AIDS and Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM)' which stated :

"MSM made up more than two-thirds (68 per cent ) of all men living with HIV in 2005, even though only about five per cent to seven per cent of men in the United States reported having sex with other men."

Population accounts

Dr Jonathan Mermin, director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the CDC stated: "Men who have sex with men still account for nearly half of the more than one million people living with HIV in the United States even though this population accounts for a very small percentage of all persons in the United States."

Why is the above occurring in a country in which homosexuals enjoy significant and increasing political power, legal endorsement of the homosexual lifestyle throughout the United States and same-sex marriage in some states?

I am, etc.,

W. WEST

wayne_west@hotmail.com

Kingston 6