Michael Fumento

It’s a testament to something – well – not good, that 19 years after I first started debunking the “we’re all at risk” theory of HIV/AIDS there are still those who insist that contagious diseases must follow political ideologies. And they’re not shy about fabricating numbers to shoehorn them into the politically correct fit.

Thus I recently heard from a college student named Alex who “informed” me of certain startling “realities” of AIDS that he initially claimed he learned from a professor of his. Among them:

“In the United States alone . . . 3,725,462 have died” of AIDS and “most experts say this number is far lower than reality,” wrote Alex. Further, if I had children, they “would have roughly a 25% chance to get AIDS before they die.”

He tossed in a few more numbers, but his conclusion showed his letter wasn’t really about science and health, but rather a Righteous Cause. “It doesn't matter who is at risk for AIDS.  It doesn't matter if you believe only homosexuals get the disease.  How many have to die before you care?”

Reality check.

There were 529,000 U.S. AIDS deaths through 2004 according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention latest annual HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, a slightly more reliable source than Alex’s teacher. (Whom I discovered to be a professor of . . .  philosophy.) Only one American in 6,666 was diagnosed with AIDS in 2004, which hardly supports the prediction that a fourth of us will get the disease.

Deaths fell 8% from 2000 to 2004. In sheer numbers, cases have risen slightly but no faster than the growth of the population.

Michael Fumento

Michael Fumento is a, journalist, and attorney specializing in science and health issues as well as author of BioEvolution: How Biotechnology is Changing Our World .

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