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Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Carry on up the Khyber
the fatal price of anal intercourse…
In December 1985 when the AIDS scare was at its height, the science journal Discover ran a major special report entitled “AIDS: the latest scientific facts” authored by veteran science writer, John Langone with contributions from Sana Siwolop. The report, naturally, decried “homophobia” and lamented the social costs involved in the spread of HIV but its main focus was on presenting a historical and clinical account of the disease based on medical and scientific research. The article examined the causes and the sexual practices that facilitated the spread of HIV/AIDS. In furtherance of this aim the text was augmented by extensive colour medical illustrations that highlighted why certain parts of the human anatomy were not suited to particular sexual practices because of the inherent risk of trauma, which in turn eased the way for the spread of the AIDS virus into the body.
In many ways the Discover special report was something of an anomaly. For the first and probably last time a well known and reputable mainstream publication, openly criticized the practice of anal intercourse - even if on purely medical/scientific grounds with no moralizing overtones. Ever after this topic seems to have been banished from most discussions of AIDS. The sexual practices of homosexual and bisexual men thereafter seemed to play only a minor role in the AIDS crisis, the “real” cause seemingly to be laid at the feet of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” to kill-off gays.
Effectively one of the major sexual practices of homosexuals - anal intercourse - ceased to be of concern to anyone in the fields of social policy, social welfare or medicine. The curtain of political correctness descended and the guilt was - after the aforementioned vast right-wing conspiracy - laid at the feet of the education system for not teaching kids how to have “safe sex”.
The entire population of the western world was thus subjected to a media blitz in which everyone, regardless of sexual “orientation” or practice was threatened with extinction if they engaged in any and every form of “unprotected” sexual contact. The figure of the Grim Reaper was infamously the star attraction of a series of AIDS advertisements across Australia, and all other western countries had their own campaigns warning heterosexuals that they were next because “AIDS doesn’t discriminate… only people do.” Of course the truth was actually the complete reverse of the slogans.
And for a brief moment in the December 1985 issue of Discover (pp 36-53) the facts were laid bare without the least fear of violating the sacred tenets of “tolerance” and political correctness. The cover of the magazine boldly proclaimed:
Contrary to what you’ve heard, AIDS isn’t a threat to the vast majority of heterosexuals or a peril to humanity. It is - and is likely to remain - largely the fatal price one can pay for anal intercourse.
On page 41 it stated:
AIDS is a sexually transmissible disease almost only in the sense that it can be transmitted by anal intercourse.
On the same page is an illustrated spread showing “why AIDS is likely to remain largely a gay disease” in which the following points are made:
The AIDS virus is borne in blood and semen, and heterosexuals are virtually risk free.
The main text elaborated upon these points in all their gory detail:
Anal sex is an essential element in the AIDS story… AIDS is a bloodborne disease that in most cases strikes, and will continue to strike, homosexual and bisexual males who have been the receptive partners in anal sex, a practice that tears the delicate lining of the rectum and allows the AIDS virus easy entry into the body's circulatory system.
Summing up Discover notes:
“If AIDS is going to spread heterosexually, it will do so primarily through the enormous pool of heroin addicts, male and female, and not through conventional sexual contacts between ‘straight’ men and women.”
Nearly 20 years later these remain the facts about AIDS. The moral of the story is that whether you are gay or straight, male or female, healthwise it is extremely foolharldy to let someone stick their penis, or any other object, up your anus.