Right-wing conspiracy theorist and longtime Trump ally, Alex Jones, claimed on Sunday that spreading HIV “is a culture now in the gay community.”
On his The Alex Jones Show radio program, Jones decried a new California law that reduces the penalty for knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV, without disclosure, from a felony to a misdemeanor.
The measure, signed last week by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, was widely supported by legislators and public health experts who argued that treatment and prevention strategies have greatly lowered the possibility of HIV transmission. They also noted that old laws discouraged people from being tested for HIV and were passed at a time when little was known about the virus and few treatments existed.
According to the Los Angeles Times, HIV was the only communicable disease for which it was a felony to expose a person without disclosure.
“I want to get into the psychology of the insane Democratic Party here, because when HIV goes from lowered numbers like it is to exploding in the next five years, in a few years, if we’re still here, as a planet, don’t have nuclear war, I will go back to this show and say here I am in 2017 saying within three to five years California will have a 200 percent increase in HIV,” Jones told his listeners.
“And they will also complain and say we need single-payer, we need socialist health care, the reason we have HIV is because we don’t have free health care. No, the reason you have HIV is because it is a culture now in the gay community – that I first read about 20 years ago in Rolling Stone – to give other people HIV. It’s truly nihilistic. So here’s the article: ‘Progress:’ – LA Times – ‘Knowingly exposing others to HIV no longer a felony in California.’ It’s the same thing as a parking ticket, so it’s essentially legalized.”
“This is a religion. This is satanism, folks. Because if they can get away with this, they can get away with anything. This is totally insane,” he added.
The Advocate notes:
HIV activists and experts have largely dismissed the concept of “bug chasing” and “gift giving” as an urban legend, a fantasy that some people engage in during sex, or at most a very rare phenomenon. At any rate, recent research indicates that when people with HIV are on medications that have suppressed the virus to undetectable levels, the possibility that they can transmit the virus is negligible. Also, HIV-negative people who are taking a medication as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, are extremely unlikely to become infected if they take the drug daily as directed. Truvada is so far the only drug approved for use as PrEP.