February 27, 2013
KOOP ANNOYED, QUEERS DEAD:
Koop's Crusade : The surgeon general made public health a divine commandment. (Anthony Petrol, Feb. 27, 2013, Slate)
Of course, the consequence of his message was the falsehood that gay men could practice safe sex--false just because of condom failure, nevermind the plethora of associated problems--which contributed to the spread of AIDs. Posted by Orrin Judd at February 27, 2013 5:42 PM"Often I would spend several minutes of a speech extolling abstinence and monogamy (for social and moral reasons as well as health reasons)" Koop explained in his memoir: "And then at the end I would say that those foolish enough not to practice abstinence or mutually faithful monogamy should, for their protection and their partner's protection, use a latex condom." "Usually the press would repeat only the last phrase," he objected: "That annoyed me."