Don't fire doctor over the diagnosis
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I write concerning your news report on Sunday, May 18, 2014 titled 'A professor's trial'.
The story did not say whether the Professor Bain's report to the Belize Supreme Court was erroneous. Are gay men more at risk for becoming infected with HIV or not? In fact, worldwide, men who have sex with men are more likely to become infected with HIV than the general population, and this is true regardless of the income level of the country.
If his report to the court had unwittingly given wrong evidence, I could perhaps understand why the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities (CV) would want to have him removed from a leadership position. But if he told the truth, given his impressive track record of care for persons with HIV, I see no reason to have him removed from his job. The article did not say whether or not he was in fact doing his job well and getting good results.
One cannot ask that a surgeon be removed from his job because he has taken out your appendix and left a scar or a doctor be fired who accurately told you that you have diabetes and must change your lifestyle.
I call upon all civil society to pay close attention to Professor Bain's 'trial' and insist that the university do the right thing by him. This trial will set the precedent for other interactions between persons who know from evidence that anal penetration is harmful and those who wish to engage in the behaviour despite evidence of harm.