The reported incidence of venereal diseases in Melbourne has dropped sharply, provoking speculation that the fear of contracting AIDS has caused a decline in promiscuity.
The sexual revolution of the 1960s and 70s is backtracking to more conventional practices in the US, with promiscuity in sharp decline due to herpes and AIDS, and the growth of cable TV turning the home into “sex parlours on the screen.”
There have been two definite cases of AIDS diagnosed in Australia — both contracted overseas — and one or two possible cases. Yet such is the fascination with the syndrome that it has become the new buzz-word in Australian society.
“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 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.”
First, if you lead a normal sex life, either heterosexual or homosexual, AIDS is probably no threat to you. Only the very promiscuous seem afflicted, apart from those one-in-ten-million chances we all run in our day-to-day lives.
LIKE most Melbourne homosexuals, “Bill” is sick and tired of hearing about AIDS. Bill’s concern stems not from fear of catching the mysterious, newly-discovered disease but because it threatens to prejudice Australia’s relaxed attitudes to homosexuals.
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.
“Everybody is talking about it. It’s such a frightening thing, so frightening that people are almost joking about it.” Mr Stephen Allkins, a young homosexual from Elizabeth Bay, was sitting in the Flinders Hotel in Darlinghurst yesterday, talking about the AIDS scare and the Sydney gay community’s response to it.