SteveJordahl Focus on the Family Promotes Misinformation about HIV/AIDSSteve Jordahl of Focus on the Family declared yesterday:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced this week that gay- and bisexual-identified men are 50 times more likely to have AIDS than any other group. One-half of the HIV cases diagnosed each year in the U.S. are within the gay community.

The average Christian-rightist speed-reader might conclude that half or more of the gay population in America is infected — and that AIDS is caused by being “identified” as gay or bisexual.

But Timothy Kincaid of Box Turtle Bulletin points out:

…The rate of new infections in the population of gay and bisexual men in 2007 was 0.69%. Or in 2007 one out of every 144 gay/bi men seroconverted.

That still is very high. And it is consistent with our calculations that about 12% of gay/bi men (or about 6% of all gay/bi people) are infected with HIV. (So play safe kids… or better yet, find someone to have and hold from this day forward.)

Focus on the Family purposely mischaracterized the nation’s same-sex-attracted population as predominantly diseased. The organization did so, because it wants Americans to condemn, fear, and punish same-sex attraction and sexual honesty. The organization does not want its audience to ponder the actual cause of most HIV infection, which happens to be the unprotected sex which Focus encourages every time it seeks to exclude condoms from the nation’s public-health, disease-prevention, and sex-education programs — and every time it seeks to prevent discussion of homosexuality among teachers, public-health authorities, and students.

Jordahl suggests that education and disease prevention are a waste of money:

Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, said that is throwing good money after bad.

“We spend millions and millions of dollars on education and prevention programs,” he said, “but those are often ignored by the homosexual community.”

Instead, Focus wants the federal government to divert billions of taxpayer dollars into failed “abstinence-only” programs which promote the very same sexual ignorance which led to the teen pregnancy of Bristol Palin, daughter of GOP presidential hopeful Sarah Palin.