It is difficult to blame AIDS in Africa on Stonewall by mattsteinglass
February 26, 2009, 11:11 am
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Andrew Sullivan points to this Rod Dreher post, which he disputes in terms far more reserved than I would:

The God of Hedonism and Sexual Indulgence, whose devoted high priest Bill Maher is, has given us a world of broken marriages, shattered families, the destruction of the traditional family, miserable deaths from AIDS…

The overwhelming majority of worldwide deaths from AIDS have been in Africa. Much of the rest of the world’s HIV+ population is in Asia. There is no evidence that norms of sexual behavior have altered significantly in Africa or Asia over the past 50 years, and homosexuality remains taboo (though, obviously, as widespread in practice as anywhere else) in both regions of the world. There is a developing consensus that high HIV rates in Africa are due to the practice of long-term simultaneous partnerships, particularly on the part of men who work in one area while maintaining a family a long distance away. This has nothing whatsoever to do with the changes in heterosexual norms or increased acceptance of homosexuality that took place in the US in the 1960s and ’70s.


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