To honor yesterday’s Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Bryan Fischer quoted a CDC fact sheet on his radio show Focal Point with Brian Fischer saying, “blacks make up only 12% of the U.S. population but had nearly half (44%) of all new HIV infections in the United States in 2010.” Fischer was trying to explain that this is the reason he hates homosexuality and wants homosexuality to be illegal because he loves black males.
“This is black genocide,” said Fischer, stoking the fires of the conspiracy-theory minded everywhere.
Fischer continued, saying:
[box type=”window”]”Let me put it bluntly. If you are for the legalization of homosexuality, you are for the acceptability of homosexuality, you are for the normalization of homosexuality, you do not care about black males. You have no compassion in your black heart for black males because they’re being decimated by HIV/AIDS … So why am I opposed to the normalization of homosexual behavior? Because I love black males. I want black males to live long, prosperous, healthy, disease-free lives.”[/box]
The facts that Fischer seems to be missing paint a different story. But when were facts ever a consideration when delivering a bigoted, homophobic rant?
According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC):
Blacks do not engage in more risky behaviors than other races/ethnicities. But factors other than behavior can lead to more HIV in their communities.
- A higher percentage of blacks are living with HIV compared to other races/ethnicities. This coupled with blacks tending to have sex with partners of their same race/ethnicity increases the risk of HIV infection with each new sexual encounter.
- Rates of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are higher in black communities. Having another STI can increase the chance of getting or spreading HIV.
- The poverty level in some black communities is higher than the national average, which can translate to less access to health care.
- In 2010, 1 in 6 (17%) blacks who were living with HIV did not know it, and 1 in 4 (23%) were diagnosed in the last stage of the disease, missing the chance to get early medical care and prevent spreading the virus to others.
- Blacks who are aware that they have HIV are not getting the medical care they need. Data from 19 U.S. areas show that only 1 in 3 blacks with a diagnosis of HIV are getting medical care and have viral suppression. Viral suppression means the level of virus in your blood is low enough to help you stay healthy and greatly decrease the chance of spreading the virus to others.
h/t: Right Wing Watch