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Society Responds to NZ AIDS Foundation

Media Release 12 May 2006

Society Responds to NZ AIDS Foundation

The New Zealand AIDS Foundation strongly rejects claims that its new "safe sex" advertisement, featured in the latest issue of gay magazine Jack, is pornographic (Scoop 11/05). This is about as true as their spurious claim that condoms will prevent the transmission of the HIV virus.

Below are two quotes from GayNZ.com, a homosexual web site
"Grant explains why he felt it was important to expose himself to the world in the AIDS Foundation's 'Horny As' campaign."

"The campaign is designed not just to remind men about condoms, but to help eroticise them as well."
If the AIDS Foundation was serious about reducing the spread of HIV they would tell the truth about anal intercourse and the effectiveness of condoms.

Fact 1: Condom use only shows an 80% reduction in HIV incidence. [ref. 1]
Fact 2: For a man, a single act of receptive anal intercourse with a man carries 10 times the risk of infection from the HIV virus, compared to an act involving vaginal intercourse with a woman. [ref. 2]

If a man has protected receptive anal intercourse with an HIV+ man the odds of infection are 1 in a 1000.

Just like drunk driving you may get away with it once or twice, but if you persist in risky behaviour you will get unlucky in the end. Condoms reduce the risk of infection but they are by no means "safe" and to advertise their use in "safe sex" campaigns is socially irresponsible, if not criminal.

It can be compared to a liquor company refusing to do all within their power to ensure that consumers of its product get a clear message of zero tolerance: never drive when you have had too much to drink. Instead they promote intoxicated bar patrons to keep drinking while informing them to drink a glass of milk before driving home in order to avert the risk of getting caught, based on the fictitious liquor company claim that milk helps the body metabolise alcohol more quickly and therefore lowers blood alcohol levels.

The analogy, while a little simplistic, stresses the point that when highly risky behaviour (promiscuous sodomy) is promoted and engaged in, so-called limited protections (condoms) will eventually prove ineffective as proved by the fact that well over 80% of those who have contracted HIV/AIDS in New Zealand are homosexual men who have been involved in risky acts of sodomy. Those who remain unaware that they have contracted HIV continue to spread their load and infect others, all in the name of "freedom" and sexuial enlightenment.
Chief Censor Bill Hastings, a "gay" man, has been reported by GayNZ.com as stating: ".I understand that the NZAF [New Zealand AIDS Foundation] advertisement [in JACK] is part of a campaign to make condom use 'hot' which necessitates the use of aroused men. The wide dissemination of such advertisements amongst sexually active men, far from injuring the public good, actively promotes the public good and supports a public health initiative designed to save lives and millions of taxpayer dollars in health care. This is a significant factor we would have to consider if we were ever called upon to classify the advertisement or the magazine.

["Storm in a condom: Horny As gets stickered 11MAY06 - Jay Bennie].

The Society is appalled that the Chief Censor is promoting the NZ AIDS Foundation propaganda in the magazine Jack, by claiming that its sexually explicit adverising is "in the public good".
References

Ref. 1. Dr Doug Lush is a Ministry of Health Senior Advisor, Communicable Disease, and Former Acting Director of Public Health. In an interview in Investigate Magazine, July 2005, he stated, LUSH: "I¡¯ll refer you to the Cochrane Collaboration on condom use, which shows an 80% reduction in HIV incidence."

Ref. 2. 2493 (2006) Question from Judy Turner MP to Minister of Health, Hon.Annette King (20 March 2006). "What are the Ministry of Health¡¯s calculations on the probability of a man being infected while having sex with an HIV+ man?"

Hon Pete Hodgson (Minister of Health) replied: "The Ministry of Health has not made calculations on the probability of a man being infected while having sex with an HIV+ man.

"Estimates from international literature suggest that for receptive anal intercourse with an HIV+ man without condom use, risk of transmission of HIV is 50 per 10,000 exposures."

3495 (2006) Judy Turner to the Minister of Health (20 March 2006): "What are the Ministry of Health's calculations on the probability of a man being infected while having sex with an HIV+ woman?"

Hon Pete Hodgson (Minister of Health) replied: "The Ministry of Health has not made calculations on the probability of a man being infected while having sex with an HIV+ woman.

"Estimates from international literature suggest that the risk of transmission of HIV to a man from penile vaginal intercourse without condom use with an HIV+ woman is 5 per 10,000 exposures."

ENDS


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