U.N. AIDS chief Dr. Dennis Broun: “We made a mistake with our predictions.”
Whaaaat? The U.N. made a mistake with its predictions? But just like the “man-made global warming”, the AIDS science was settled! What happened to their sacred computer model?
Well now this is very confusing.
But who better than another U.N. guy, this one named Kevin de Cock, to tell us about it the AIDS “mistake”. (Kevin de Cock is a U.N. AIDS expert. Kevin de Cock. Oh my.)
By Jeremy Laurance
Sunday, 8 June 2008
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. …
I think most of us in the sensible and non-“progressive” and oh-so-insensitive set already knew all that, but it had been deemed über politically-incorrect by the liberals’ political correctness police to advance anything like the notion that it was what some dared call a “gay disease”, and one which is spread by primarily by gay men and drug users and hookers and their clients. You know, exactly what the scientists and experts all agree is the actual fact. But just because it turns out to be true doesn’t matter one wit to the politically correct; nor indeed Canada’s “human rights” commissions. In fact people had been sued and taken to “human’ rights” tribunals for saying such things which have resulted in the dreaded “hurt feelings”.
Surely it’s OK to speak in these terms now? Probably not. So I won’t. It’s a disease we’re all equally susceptible to. Bush lied, kids died. Kyoto rocks. Vote liberal.
Nonetheless, this National Post editorial yesterday shed light on the long-standing tale, which has been and continues to be perpetrated by liberals and special interest groups in Canada and the world over.
Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2008
And so, at long last, AIDS finally became just another disease.
On Saturday, at the UN’s High-Level Meeting on AIDS in New York, the World Health Organization’s top HIV epidemiologist, Kevin de Cock, confirmed that the community of nations has finally accepted what the statistics have been suggesting for years: AIDS is a disease of particular groups and localities, and is never going to achieve its long-feared breakout into heterosexual populations around the world. In the developed world, it mostly has become a disorder of intravenous drug users and gay men. And mercifully, it appears this is likely to remain the pattern in what were once regarded as the vast potential killing fields of Russia, China and India.
In the 1980s and early 1990s, it would have been considered sacrilege to predict such a future: The media dutifully carried the message that had been splashed in giant red letters on the cover of Life magazine in 1985: “Now No One Is Safe From AIDS.”
An entire generation of young adults absorbed the warning and lived in continual dread, unaware that ordinary heterosexual liaisons are, in fact, relatively safe. Millions, perhaps billions were spent, and are still being spent, educating young people who were never in danger of an epidemic. Over time, people in North America and Western Europe figured out, if only by cultural osmosis, that a modicum of caution is enough to avoid HIV.
As Africans fight their own cultural, legal, and medical battles, the West cannot afford to remain complacent. Dr. de Cock observes that HIV is still spreading as fast as ever amongst sexually active gay men—who may be said to have their own intractable and risky cultural traditions—in the industrialized world. “It is astonishing how badly we have done with men who have sex with men,” he says. “It is something that is going to have to be discussed much more rigorously.”
World Health Organization Aids director, Michael Merson, warned, in 1990, that “It is very unlikely that the global prevalence of HIV infection will stabilize… for at least several decades.”
Surely even liberals will agree it’s not politically correct to perpetuate myths that result in misdirected energy, information, and money, and illness, suffering, and death. Again, perhaps not. For example, we still have our North Korean-style healthcare system in Canada. And they’re still committed to ridiculous multi-trillion-dollar strategies to fight “man-made global warming”.