The T&TMedical Association wishes to express its disappointment with the decision by The UWI to terminate Prof Brendan Bain for statements he made while delivering expert testimony in a court in Belize. This is clearly a case of shooting the messenger!
There is irrefutable evidence that MSMs [Males who have Sex with Males] are at a higher risk of contracting (and spreading) HIV/AIDS. As a matter of fact they were one of the four original groups to be identified as being at risk when HIV first appeared on the scene in 1981 (remember the original 4Hs—homosexuals, haemophiliacs, heroin users and Haitians?) In fact we first became aware of HIV in a cluster of gay men who developed pneumocystis carni pneumonia (PCP) and then another cluster who developed Kaposi’s sarcoma. This prompted the CDC in Atlanta to coin the term “4H disease” and the press coined GRID gay related immune deficiency.
Three decades later we know that the disease is not isolated to the gay community; however they still remain an at-risk group.
This is kind of cruising along under both the radar and the gaydar, but it shouldn’t. It’s bullshit. Dr. Bain only stated what any serious student of the HIV epidemic has known for more than 30 years: Males who have sex with males are at greatly increased risk for both spreading and becoming infected with the HIV virus.
The worst travesty of all, of course, is that given the simple and easily available methods of reducing and preventing transmission, this is still true today.
To drum him out of his job for speaking nothing more than the truth is a travesty.
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