Saturday, May 06, 2006

Must Be The Power Lines

The Guardian reports:

An unusual cluster of HIV cases has been discovered in the small Cornish resort of St Ives, health chiefs revealed yesterday.

The local primary health care trust took the rare step of calling a press conference to announce the disturbing finding and warn other residents in the close-knit community that they may be infected.

Health officials set up a hotline to field calls from worried residents of the harbour town, renowned throughout the world for its artists' colony and as the home of the Tate's Cornish outpost. Today and next week clinics will be run in St Ives and in Truro so that people can be tested. the rest

Artist colony, HIV outbreak, what conclusions shall we come to? Well, if you read the article, you'll notice that they made special mention of the fact that a heterosexual man is believed to be at the center of the scare. The article also mentions another scare in the UK in which a heterosexual man was linked to half of the cases. The word homosexual doesn't appear in the article.

I have no doubt that they would not have gone public with this if it was found to be contained entirely within the homosexual population there. There are two reasons for that. The first is that it just wouldn't be newsworthy. The second reason is that they would fear backlash from the homosexual lobby; boycotts etc.