Impossible To Contract AIDS Through Heterosexual Sex

August 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community — it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall. My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex…very rarely [transmitted].”

  • Stacey Campfield, Republican member of the Tennessee Senate, January 26, 2012
  • Source: The Gist with Michelangelo Signorile (audio)
  • Context: Stacey Campfield spearheaded the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in Tennessee, which would ban the discussion of any sexual orientation other than heterosexuality. Campfield makes several false claims, one being that AIDS rarely spreads during heterosexual sex, and that AIDS began when a man had sex with a monkey:

“According the esteemed Canadian infectious disease specialist Jacques Pepin, in his groundbreaking book The Origin of AIDS, DNA evidence now available has shown that the first known case of simian-to-human transmission of HIV occurred in Africa in the 1930s when a hunter killed and chopped up a monkey for food. The monkey’s blood infected an open cut. (There is no evidence of monkey to human sexual transmission). HIV then was transmitted among humans for decades in Africa largely via unprotected heterosexual vaginal sex, which, contrary to Campfield’s claims, the CDC and all public health experts warn is a high risk activity. Today, around the globe, the majority of people with HIV are heterosexual and are infected via heterosexual sex.”

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