Tuesday, October 04, 2005

UVA Junior Ignores Medical Realities

As I tell my son when they're sick, my degree is in law, not medicine.

But having observed twenty-five years of AIDS politics (I even remember its other acronym, GRID, for "Gay Related Immune Deficiency"), and having vivid memories of the effort to suggest that it would soon be a disease rampant among non-IV-drug-using heterosexuals, it's nevertheless amazing that there are still efforts to deny that, at least in the United States, it remains a disease primarily spread by people putting into their bodies (or parts of their bodies) things that don't belong there. It is more difficult for women in the United States, generally more healthy than their African counterparts, to get it, and it is almost impossible for a man without other "social diseases" to get it through heterosexual conduct.

Usually, medical professionals deal with facts. As a result, there is and remains a long-standing policy against accepting blood donations from men who have, since 1977, engaged in "sexual contact" with other men or another man. Other restrictions are imposed against those who: (1) have used needles to take drugs, steroids, or anything not prescribed by a doctor; (2) have taken money, drugs, or other payment for sex since 1977; (3) have had sexual contact within the past 12 months with anyone who has done so; (4) had syphilis or gonorrhea in the past 12 months; or (5) have, in the last 12 months, been in juvenile detention, lockup, jail or prison for more than 72 hours.

Nevertheless, some genius and advocate for the radical homosexual agenda at the University of Virginia advocated last week removing this restriction, claiming that it is based upon "discriminatory concepts and outdated statistics."

Well, yeah. It is based upon the "discriminatory concept" which discriminates based upon behavior. 'Fact is, most of us "discriminate" every day. I don't choose to associate with alcoholics, racists, criminals, child abusers, those who are "hygiene-challenged," many Democrats, and other undesirable types. Some don't associate with smokers. Strangely, the author does not take up for the other categories of discriminatees listed above.

Of course, most of the piece is nonsense. Homosexual activity remains among the most frequent and effective means of transmitting the AIDS virus. But for the supporters of the radical homosexual agenda, concern over the "feelings" of those who "desire ... to someday be included in this affirming activity" is more important than insuring the safety of the blood supply.

As for me, I'm also old enough to remember Ryan White, who died of AIDS contracted from a transfusion with tainted blood.

An article like this really motivates one to want to go out and look for a candidate that would defund "The University."

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