I am sorry my letter to the editor March 4 was interpreted as myths by Mykol Hamilton. My information regarding AIDS being introduced to the United States by a gay male flight attendant was from a detailed book (which I don't have now) that I read five or six years ago. I concede that he may not have been the first, but he definitely spread the virus rapidly. If the book is proven to be just fiction, I will retract my statement and apologize.
The rest of the information comes from communication with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at San Francisco and the CDC National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention Web site, www.cdc.gov/hiv/dhap.htm under "statistics and trends," then "basic statistics," etc. Briefly, it states that there have been 501,000 deaths in the United States from AIDS. Cumulative AIDS cases through December 2002 are estimated at 886,000 people, with 718,000 males, 159,000 females and 9,300 children (infected from mothers). Exposure category (method of receiving the virus) is: Male from male, 420,000; males from contaminated needles, 172,000; male to male contact and injection use, 59,000; heterosexual contact (from females) 50,000. Female exposures: from needles 67,000; heterosexual contact (from males) 84,000. Does this not indicate that male homosexuals represent the largest group of AIDS cases?