Trump’s Pick To Head CDC Believes AIDS Was ‘God’s Judgement’ Against Homosexuals

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Public Domain

Dr. Robert Redfield has held controversial opinions regarding AIDS throughout his lengthy career.

President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worked has previously expressed his belief that AIDS is God’s judgment upon homosexuals and spread through the U.S. due to lax family values.

[Dr. Robert] Redfield's early engagement with the AIDS epidemic in the US in the 1980s and 90s was controversial. As an Army major at Walter Reed Medical Institute, he designed policies for controlling the disease within the US military that involved placing infected personnel in quarantine and investigating their pasts to identify and track possible sexual partners. Soldiers were routinely discharged and left to die of AIDS, humiliated and jobless, often abandoned by their families.

Redfield also worked closely with the Christian organization Americans for a Sound AIDS/HIV Policy (ASAP) in the 1980s.

The group maintained that AIDS was "God's judgment" against homosexuals, spread in an America weakened by single-parent households and loss of family values.

Redfield wrote the introduction to a 1990 book, "Christians in the Age of AIDS," co-written by Smith, in which he denounced distribution of sterile needles to drug users and condoms to sexually active adults, and described anti-discrimination programs as the efforts of "false prophets."

Rolling into the 90s, Redfield and ASAP supported a House bill – H.R. 2788, sponsored by ultra conservative Rep. William Dannemeyer (R-Calif.) – that would have subjected HIV positive individuals to “testing, loss of professional licenses and would have effectively quarantined them.”

In 1992, Redfield, then a colonel, was part of a Walter Reed team backing an AIDS vaccine called VaxSyn, manufactured by a Connecticut company, MicroGeneSys. Redfield claimed that a small clinical trial had shown VaxSyn to protect the immune systems of infected soldiers, limiting the worst outcomes of AIDS.

Because this was a clear exaggeration, the Army investigated Redfield, eventually concluding he had made an innocent mistake. Redfield continued to strongly support VaxSyn, pushing Congress to fund a $20 million clinical trial on HIV-positive men. But VaxSyn never worked, and no fine-tuning in its biochemistry could have made a difference.

Comments
No. 1-6
adversus
adversus

Correction: AIDS was cooked up by scientists that wanted to infect Africans and Homosexuals. You need to get educated: MK Naomi

Me-Me99
Me-Me99

AIDS has nothing to do with being gay or not. Magic Johnson, Easy-E and many other straight individuals have contacted the virus. Viruses don't recognize sex...only a viable living host.

Derek Williams
Derek Williams

A monogamous gay couple cannot possibly acquire AIDS, nor any other STI for that matter. So much for "God's punishment".

Children are sometimes born with the virus also, and many acquired the infection via blood transfusions, so what sin is God punishing them for?

While it's true that in the West, gay men are still responsible for most of the HIV propagation, LGBT activism has helped educate the wider public and thus stop the disease from migrating into the heterosexual majority, so far. However that is not true in the wider world. Of 33.3 million AIDS cases worldwide, 15.9 million are female, and 2.6 million children, so it's very clear that your heterosexuality will NOT protect you from HIV infection; only monogamy and safe sex will do that.

African Americans account for
only 14% of the US population, yet they account for over 40% of HIV/AIDS infections. It therefore makes no more sense to say that someone should not be gay in order to avoid infection, than it would to say that one should not be black, so as to avoid HIV/AIDS infection. A monogamous same sex couple is at no greater risk of spreading or catching STI's like AIDS than a heterosexual monogamous couple. HIV/AIDS is an almost completely avoidable infection. The key is safe sex practice, monogamy - every reason to encourage gays to marry. Lesbians are at zero risk of HIV/AIDS, yet they are homosexuals too.

Stories