After 25 years of official scaremongering about western societies being ravaged by the disease – with salacious, tombstone-illustrated government propaganda warning people to wear a condom or "die of ignorance" – the head of the World Health Organisation's HIV/Aids department says there is no need for heterosexuals to fret.
It is time to recognise that the Aids scare was one of the most distorted, duplicitous and cynical public health panics of the past 30 years.
Instead of being treated as a sexually transmitted disease that affected certain high-risk communities, and which should be vociferously tackled by the medical authorities, the "war against Aids" was turned into moral crusade.
Gay rights campaigners, feminists and left-leaning health and social workers stood shoulder-to-shoulder, in spreading the "glorious myth" of a possible future Aids pandemic.
An unholy alliance of old-style, prudish conservatives and post-radical, lifestyle-obsessed leftists latched on to Aids as a disease that might provide them with a sense of moral purpose.
And they ruthlessly sought to silence anyone who questioned them.
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