Author, columnist, and talk-radio
host Dennis Prager.
One of the most hysterical notions pushed by the political left on the American scene is that AIDS does not discriminate, said author, columnist, and talk-radio host Dennis Prager. The left and the media in general were lying, he said, when they claimed that heterosexuals in America could get AIDS on the same scale as homosexuals and IV drug users -- "Heterosexual AIDS in America was a hysteria."
Prager, whose writing has been published in Commentary and The Wall Street Journal, and discussed on CBS, Fox News, and MSNBC, among other outlets, made his remarks during a July speech at the Western Conservative Summit, which was replayed on Oct. 13 on Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk radio program.
“The left has a monopoly, almost a monopoly, on hysteria,” said Prager. “And I will just give you a few examples of the hysterias of your lifetime. One was heterosexual AIDs in America."
"Do you remember that?" he said. "When we were told by Time and Newsweek and The New York Times, remember when they said AIDS doesn’t discriminate? Well, that was a lie."
"AIDS does discriminate," said Prager. "It happens to attack in America—and I emphasize in America— overwhelmingly, gay men and intravenous drug users and his partners."
"You know the group least likely to get AIDS? Gay women," said Prager. "So it can’t be homophobic to say the truth."
"Heterosexual AIDS in America was a hysteria,” he said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), homosexuals or men who have sex with men (MSM) make up about 2% of the U.S. population and account for 67% of "all new HIV diagnoses."
“Men who have sex with men (MSM) remain the group most heavily affected by HIV in the United States," said the CDC. Also, “white MSM continue to represent the largest number of new HIV infections among MSM (11,200), followed closely by black MSM (10,600)and Hispanic MSM (6,700).”
The CDC noted the high risk sexual behavior of MSM. “Sexual risk behaviors account for most HIV infections in gay and bisexual men," said the CDC. "Most gay and bisexual men acquire HIV through anal sex, which is the riskiest type of sex for getting or transmitting HIV."