Politics Keeps Truth About AIDS Prevention Hidden

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Tuesday, June 5, 2001

Politics Keeps Truth About AIDS Prevention Hidden

A new generation of young men is being infected with the AIDS virus. Among young black males, there has been a 15 percent increase per year, according to a new study by federal researchers who have called the rate "alarming" and called for new prevention efforts.

The same researchers reported in February that 30 percent of young homosexual black men are infected with HIV.

Nowhere, of course, does anyone suggest that anyone's behavior should be changed. That would imply a value judgment and political correctness demands we not judge anyone's behavior. No one is responsible for anything. We are all victims.

The way to prevent lung cancer is to not smoke. The way to prevent cirrhosis of the liver is to abstain from alcohol or, if one drinks, to do so moderately. We don't mind saying those things, but we retreat in the face of the gay rights lobby from telling them what they must do to avoid HIV and AIDS. Why? It's all politics. And it's too bad, because many lives could be saved if people were told the truth.