I think a writer to this editorial page had some misconceptions about AIDS. Let us look scientifically and objectively at this disease. The U.S. was not the first place the deadly this virus was seen. It was first seen in Africa where the disease spread like a wildfire among every human being regardless of class, economic status, gender, or sexual orientation. It spread so quickly because the disease was so unknown.
Enter the gay airline steward who brought AIDS to this country. These are observations about how AIDS was introduced here. This man was gay, he had sex with many partners, and the disease spread amongst gay men. Let us look at what just as easily could have happened. A straight airline steward contracts the disease, he comes to the U.S., he has sex with many partners, and the disease is spread among straight women. AIDS just happened to be introduced into the gay male population first. AIDS could have easily been introduced into the straight population initially. I bet we would be closer to a cure if the latter scenario had been the case.