Does Accepting Homosexuality Curb the Spread of HIV? A 35-Year Experiment

In 1981, a flush of gay infections announced the American AIDS epidemic.  A debate ensued: should homosexuality be suppressed by closing gay bars and baths, outlawing homosexual activity, and rigorously enforcing laws against public sex, etc., thus dampening opportunities for homosexuals to spread the disease?  Or should it be mainstreamed by "reducing discrimination" – passing LGBT legal protections, admitting gay activists into positions of power, etc. – and hence provide incentives for homosexuals to voluntarily help society and themselves by "being careful"? In 1989, the National Research Council agreed with gay leaders that discrimination was the major "social barrier to prevention" and thus "causing" the spread of HIV among gays.  It recommended mainstreaming homosexuality to curb HIV's spread (1).  Subsequently, a bevy of LGBT rights laws and court rulings has transformed the U.S. into a...(Read Full Article)

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