I am writing in response to Dr. J.W. Ramey's letter of March 5 about the link between gay men and HIV. Dr. Ramey apparently believes that most people who have HIV are either gay men, women married to bisexual men, or drug users. He states this as a fact, without stating the source of his facts. If one looks at the Centers for Disease control data, you will find that the "estimated number of diagnoses of AIDS through 2002 in the United States is 886,575. Adult and adolescent AIDS cases total 877,275 with 718,002 cases in males and 159,271 cases in females. Through the same time period, 9,300 AIDS cases were estimated in children under age 13." A look at the deaths shows that the "estimated number of deaths of persons with AIDS is 501,669, including 496,354 adults and adolescents, and 5,315 children under age 15."
However, I believe that Dr. Ramey and others are primarily interested in how people got HIV/AIDS. Again, looking at the statistics for the U.S. alone, one finds that the causes are the following: male-to-male sexual contact (420,790), injection drug use (240,268), male-to-male sexual contact combined with injection drug use (59,749), heterosexual contact (135,628), other (20,869).