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June 09, 2008

Dr. De Cock: AIDS Just Is Not a Heterosexual Pandemic, Despite False Claims

Dr. De Cock. Well he would say that wouldn't he?

I've seen this story around since the weekend but I didn't post it because I thought -- don't we already all know this?

I guess the answer is No, "we" all didn't know it. We conservatives have known it for years; finally the news seems to be deemed safe to report among liberal quarters as well.

A quarter of a century after the outbreak of Aids, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has accepted that the threat of a global heterosexual pandemic has disappeared.

In the first official admission that the universal prevention strategy promoted by the major Aids organisations may have been misdirected, Kevin de Cock, the head of the WHO's department of HIV/Aids said there will be no generalised epidemic of Aids in the heterosexual population outside Africa.

Dr De Cock, an epidemiologist who has spent much of his career leading the battle against the disease, said understanding of the threat posed by the virus had changed. Whereas once it was seen as a risk to populations everywhere, it was now recognised that, outside sub-Saharan Africa, it was confined to high-risk groups including men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, and sex workers and their clients.

Dr De Cock said: "It is very unlikely there will be a heterosexual epidemic in other countries. Ten years ago a lot of people were saying there would be a generalised epidemic in Asia China was the big worry with its huge population. That doesn't look likely. But we have to be careful. As an epidemiologist it is better to describe what we can measure. There could be small outbreaks in some areas."

...

Dr De Cock said: "I think it is unlikely there will be extensive heterosexual spread in Russia. But clearly there will be some spread."

Thanks to Blacksheep for finally rousing me to post this by highlighting the Dr. Cock's long battle against sexually transmitted diseases.

He's Dutch or something, of course. I should note that in Dutch "cock" doesn't have the same meaning it has in English.

It means "dirty smelly ballsack."



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