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June 6, 1990

The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS

Author Affiliations

The City of New York (NY) Department of Health

The City of New York (NY) Department of Health

JAMA. 1990;263(21):2949-2950. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440210101041

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lethal infection of both human beings and the entire health care system. As Michael Fumento depicts in this work, concern over the spread of HIV, the agent that causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), has infiltrated governmental health care agencies, often at the expense of other health problems. Human immunodeficiency virus infection is spread primarily through anal-receptive sexual intercourse or sharing needles with HIV-infected persons. The heterosexual fear of HIV transmission and AIDS has become a precondition to demanding the superfunding stream that Congress has authorized to fight the HIV epidemic. Four percent of the reported cases in the United States belong to the heterosexual-only category. The HIV has no sexual preference, has an extremely low infectivity rate per exposure, particularly from women to men, and has remained within the original risk groups assigned by the Centers for Disease Control.

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