Tuesday, December 07, 2004

And just when you thought it was going to be a slow day/week for news…

Senator/Doctor Bill Frist appeared on national television Sunday with his head up his ass (again), which apparently happened when he fell out of the stupid tree, and hit every limb on the way down…

Turns out that federally-funded abstinence programs are spreading misinformation to the nation's youth -- and sucking up $170 million in tax dollars to boot, telling the nation’s children that AIDS can be spread through tears and sweat.

Considering the fact that the Centers for Disease Control have long emphasized that HIV has never been transmitted this way, you might have thought Dr. Frist, who likes to be thought of as some kind of world AIDS funding hero in the Senate, would take the opportunity to set the record straight. You’d be wrong.

"STEPHANOPOULOS: Now you're a doctor. Do you believe that tears and sweat can transmit HIV?

FRIST: I don't know. I can tell you --

STEPHANOPOULOS: You don’t know?

FRIST: I can tell you things like, like --

STEPHANOPOULOS: Wait. Let me stop you there. You don't know that, you believe that tears and sweat might be able to transmit AIDS?

FRIST: Yeah, no, I can tell you that HIV is not very transmissible as an element, like compared to smallpox, compared to the flu, it's not.

STEPHANOPOULOS: ...Let me just clear this up though, do you or do you not believe that tears and sweat can transmit HIV?

FRIST: It would be very hard...for tears and sweat to -- I mean, you can get virus in tears and sweat. But in terms of the degree of infecting somebody, it would be very hard."

Frist not surprisingly put politics ahead of his own medical knowledge and responsibility as a physician, unless, of course, he really doesn’t know any better, which is alarmingly possible.

Now seems like a good time, as Bernice Clifton would say, to pull your coat up over your head.

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