Brendan O'Neill argues that the idea of an AIDS pandemic was politically manufactured:

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.

I'm pretty proud that I ran one of the first pieces making this case - Michael Fumento's "The Myth Of Heterosexual AIDS" - in TNR back in the early 1990s. Made me more friends in the gay community, of course.

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