Long proven that it isn’t a punishment

I would like to respond to Robert Waddell’s May 15 letter (“AIDS: Liberal press fails to tell the truth”). I did not realize that there were still people who were as insensitive, self righteous and ignorant as Mr. Waddell has demonstrated that he obviously is. AIDS is a disease, not a punishment for living a lifestyle that he does not believe is right.

I wonder if the police officer who contracted AIDS by getting stuck with a needle during an arrest was living a “deviant” lifestyle. Or how about the numerous documented cases of people getting AIDS from blood transfusions? Does Mr. Waddell also know that AIDS can be contracted by having heterosexual relations? What about the wife who contracted it from an unfaithful husband, or vice versa? You would have to have been living under a rock to still believe that AIDS is a disease for homosexuals or drug addicts. I suggest that Mr. Waddell get off of his high horse, and take a look at the real world. The belief that AIDS is punishment for a certain lifestyle has long been proven wrong by fact and science.

Lake Stevens

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