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Trump-Pence would be disastrous for U.S. public health.

September 14, 2016

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  Joseph Lachman, 9/13/2016 The Trump-Pence ticket is a threat to the health to everyone living in the U.S., and perhaps the world. Their policy proposals and stances regarding crucial public health issues are at best naive, and at worst, completely wrong. We’re not going to waste time here arguing about a lot of the […]

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Why we shouldn’t allow Mike Pence to decide public health policy

September 9, 2016

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Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom) By Joseph Lachman, 9/9/2016 Mike Pence is the current Republican Vice Presidential Candidate, and also himself a threat to U.S. public health. Why? He allows his moral idealism to prevent him from implementing effective public health policy, resulting in many unnecessary cases of illness as well […]

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Science and Law: Bragdon v. Abbott: How does HIV fit into disability law?

July 13, 2016

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BRAGDON v. ABBOTT 524 U.S. 624 (1998) In the previous post, we discussed how the Rehabilitation Act prevented a woman with tuberculosis from being fired without proper risk evaluation thanks to the act’s protections of handicapped persons. This decision helped set a precedent for a later case in 1998, 8 years after the passage of […]

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Taming hate speech with science and statistics: HIV/AIDS and homosexuality

December 5, 2014

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By Joseph Lachman Published 12/5/2014 Pastor Steven Anderson, a fringe anti-Obama conservative Christian pastor, called for mass extermination of homosexuals as a way of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. As his evidence, he cited scripture. In his video, he stated: “Turn to Leviticus 20:13,” he says in the video, “because I actually discovered the cure for […]

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Pat Robertson says HIV/AIDS can be spread by towels

October 24, 2014

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Pat Robertson made another misleading claim about HIV/AIDS in Africa when he said: “You might get AIDS in Kenya, people have AIDS, you’ve got to be careful,” he explained. “I mean, the towels could have AIDS.” (Screenshot and quotation from October 15, 2014 broadcast of the 700 Club) (Source) Unless you are frequently grabbing towels […]

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Econ Prof. lies about gays dying sooner even though paper he cites refutes his claim

September 13, 2014

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“According to the International Journal of Epidemiology, life expectancy at age 20 for homosexual and bisexual men is eight to 20 years less than for all men. That’s a lifestyle shortening of life expectancy greater than obesity and tobacco use. Yet one never hears of insurance companies advertising lower premiums for heterosexual men.” – Economics […]

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Duck Dynasty star claims only gays get sexually transmitted diseases

September 10, 2014

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Duck Dynasty star claims only gays get STDs, ignores medical facts

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Tennessee State Senator thinks heterosexual people don’t get HIV/AIDS

September 9, 2014

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“My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex…very rarely [transmitted].” “What’s the average lifespan of a homosexual? it’s very short. Google it yourself.” “Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community — it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I […]

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President Bush tried to appoint homophobe to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS

September 8, 2014

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Jerry Thacker referred to homosexuality as a “deathstyle,” and “the gay plague.” He also wrote on his website, “Christ can rescue the homosexual,” referring to “reparative therapy,“ which claims that religious devotion can “cure” homosexuality.  In 2003 President George Bush selected Jerry Thacker to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS, but Thacker […]

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