AIDS and Sexual Ecology
Here is a letter I had published in D-Magazine
In his overview of AIDS in
True, promiscuity in the male homosexual community was largely responsible for the amplification of AIDS once it was accidentally introduced. But does this mean all gay people may be considered "guilty" by association? I think the court should have explained how far it thinks the state may go to "implement morality"; it seems too conventional to let "Western tradition" cover up for irrational prejudice, from which the country has a responsibility to protect "different" people.
The gay community, however, must greatly reduce the incidence of all sexually transmitted diseases if it is to overcome the now legitimate fears of the public; educational efforts in the gay community are doing just that. I am afraid that the fear of AIDS will make otherwise reasonable people become determined to hunt down gay men and isolate them from their livelihoods and society. Individuals should remember that some things they do in private do indeed affect others. Sexual activity with multiple partners is not any more a guaranteed "right" than is drug abuse.