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[User Picture]From: froggiesocks Date: September 27th, 2006 - 09:17 pm (Link)
"Western science certainly tells us that if we allow legalized sodomy the rate of HIV transmission for the public goes up even among those not engaging in the practice themselves"

Can you direct me to a reference supporting this? I don't think I've ever seen this particular claim made before.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: September 27th, 2006 - 09:59 pm (Link)
Oh, pretty much all HIV literature states that its more easily transmitted through anal sex than vaginal. Therefore, in theory, if we outlaw anal sex, HIV transmission goes down. The reason it affects those who don't engage in it is because raising the chance of infection on any given person raises the chance of infection among all of their partners.

Similarly, I could have just as easily pointed to polyamory, or shared needle use. If we suddenly magically force people to be lifetime monogomous then HIV infection goes WAY down regardless of the sexual practices of any given lifetime pair as the means of infection for any lifetime pair who doesn't already have the virus present in one partner or the other is now severely limited without the option of sexual transmission.

And my claim is pretty much false if you assume that the legality or illegality of sodomy doesn't affect the number of people who engage in it. But we don't have a way of magically stopping any practice.

That said, its a load of hooey, which is why I brought it up in the first place. I brought it up as an easily torn down strawman akin to the theory that aborting all black babies will lower the crime rate.

Oh, and hi there... nice to see you commenting again. :-)
 

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