The Medical Journal of Australia has printed a series of letters critical of its cover story on AIDS published in June, and an apology from the Editor.
A newspaper article about a small amount of an AIDS patient’s blood being washed into Melbourne’s sewers was “an absurd item of non-news” and “scaremongering at its cheapest”, says Alister Brass of the Medical Journal of Australia.
“AIDS is certainly an alarming medical challenge. But the correct way to defeat it is to mobilise the resources of the community to find its cause and develop a cure, not to indulge in useless finger-pointing,” writes Adam Carr in a letter to The Age.
“The human body is not programmed for homosexual intercourse and … AIDS is one of those situations where there are simply inevitable consequences.”
“Homosexual people are so discriminated against in this state [Queensland] that we are not even included in discussions on discrimination or anti-discrimination legislation.”
“The abandonment of promiscuity, homosexuality, and drug abuse could eventually stop both diseases in their tracks — although that is hardly likely to prove an acceptable solution.”
“Perhaps homosexuality is separable from promiscuity, but its oppression is not; and society as a whole may be held responsible for the spread of AIDS through oppression of the homosexual.”
Following Australia’s first AIDS-related fatality, Fred Nile takes the opportunity to stir up more hatred about gay men in this letter to the SMH.
NOTE FROM THE CURATOR: The letter from Fred Nile below is a particularly egregious example…
The difficulties confronting the media in informing the public derive from the fragmented way in which the medical and scientific community is communicating with the public, and the variety of journalists (even on the one newspaper) involved in reporting what spokesmen have to say.