Even physicians don't know all the facts about AIDS. For example: I surveyed doctors and discovered that over 50 percent did not know that heterosexual women were at more risk from sex than were heterosexual men or lesbians. When a prominent Lexington neurologist heard I was a lesbian, he asked me in a panicky voice whether I'd been tested for the AIDS virus. My former brother-in-law, a heart surgeon, was unaware that woman-to-woman HIV transmission was extremely rare until he read my article on misperception of AIDS risk (Journal of Applied Social Psychology). According to the Centers for Disease Control, 75 percent of women were infected through heterosexual sex, 25 percent through injection drug use, meaning that less than 1 percent contract AIDS through lesbian contact.
In his March 4 letter, Dr. J. W. Ramey presented three other myths as facts.
Myth One: "Patient Zero," a gay male flight attendant, brought AIDS to the U.S. The CDC says this is mere urban legend. The Nature News Service, the Nursing Education Web site, and the Journal of Virology agree.