One of my sisters worked as a public health nurse in Massachusetts early in that period. She was bewildered when discovering that contact tracing, which was mandatory to prevent the spread of other sexually transmitted diseases, was not used to prevent the spread of AIDS. When someone got syphilis or gonorrhea, it was reported to state authorities. The infected patient was mandated to report his or her sexual partners who could then be contacted by public health nurses like her to inform them they’d been exposed to the disease and should get tested. These were common-sense, effective measures to contain STDs historically, but for AIDS—an incurable, fatal disease—they were abandoned.Well, the answer isn't difficult -- homosexual activism. I was interested in a fact that was new to me, that AIDS was originally called GRID for Gay-Related Immunodeficiency. But the gays wanted everybody to think that their practices weren't responsible for AIDS; everybody was equally at risk. That myth has long been exposed for what it is. Today the growth in AIDS in the U.S.is primarily a problem of drug abusers and MSM (men who have sex with men).
What I always wonder, though, is how a group that represents such a small percentage of the population, three or four percent, can have so much influence that common sense health policies are abandoned in favor of political correctness. I can only conclude it's because they've garnered so much support from their family and friends who prefer a myth, that "alternate lifestyles" are normal, to the truth. Affirming feelings trumps protecting lives and health. It's crazy, but it is what it is. During the novena to the Holy Spirit I'm praying for a return to sanity of our sick society.