Some people think that AIDS is God's punishment to homosexuals, as Jeff Hamlin implied in his letter of Feb. 27. I believe this claim relies on poor theology, and I know for a fact that it is based on misunderstanding of AIDS transmission.
First, in the U. S., heterosexual sex now accounts for 75 percent of new HIV cases among women and a growing percentage of new cases in men. In Africa, millions of heterosexual adults are dying of AIDS. Worldwide, AIDS is primarily transmitted heterosexually. If one were to follow the "logic" that AIDS is a punishment from God, then it's God's punishment to heterosexuals.
No, that's ridiculous.
Second, most people believe, according to surveys I have done in Kentucky and several other states, that simply because lesbians are homosexual, their AIDS risk is as high as gay men's. Nothing could be further from the truth. Woman-to-woman cases are so rare that the CDC doesn't keep records of the category. The last time I checked, there had been three documented cases. It is obvious why lesbians so seldom transmit the virus sexually - women do not pass semen to a partner. For the same reason, men are about fifteen times more likely to infect women than women are to infect men.