13 October, 2004

William Schaefer

Former governor and current state comptroller William D. Schaefer provides reason number 425321 for not living in the state of Maryland:

The mention of an HIV registry, something Schaefer championed without success a decade ago, had prompted an angry response from health officials and activists who believe that it would discourage people from being tested and seeking care. During yesterday's interview, Schaefer tried to explain why he continued to push a proposal that the legislature defeated three times in the 1990s.

"As far as I'm concerned, people who have AIDS are a danger," the comptroller said. "They're a danger to spread AIDS. People should be able to know who has AIDS. It costs an awful lot of money to treat them."

Maybe if we had some other way to identify those with AIDS. Hmmm. AIDS. AIDS. A! We could sew a big 'A' on these peoples' clothes. I'd be willing to be that you could find some surplus in Mass, or the surrounding areas.

"They bring it on themselves," Schaefer continued, saying risky behavior is the only way to get the disease. "They don't get it by sitting on the toilet seat. . . . A person who gives AIDS, who spreads AIDS, they're bad people. Everybody wants to be on the good side of everything. Well, I'm taking a stand."

Well, amazingly, he figured out you can't catch "the AIDS" by sitting on a toilet seat. Bravo!

1 comment:

  1. I'm sure other readers with more "public health" backgrounds will chime in, but one of the biggest issues with the spread of HIV is that there is no forced notification as there is with many other STDs. I understand why, the attachment as a "gay disease," etc., but in many ways it has only encouraged the spread and made it more difficult from a public health perspective. It's a case where activists, trying to do the "right thing," ended up making the problem worse.We don't need a registry, just as there's no registry for other STDs, we simply need an obligation for those tested to cough up names of other people so they can be notified that they need testing. Such things can be done anonymously and still be effective.