This has got to be seen to be believed.
Via Intelligent Discontent, one ignorant legislator’s fear-mongering and ignorance about HIV:
Just to be clear she is WRONG.
HIV is a very fragile virus that dies within seconds outside the body. It is only spread by blood, semen, vaginal fluid and breast milk- and there has to be enough virus to enter the bloodstream- it cannot penetrate healthy skin. An excellent resource is here.
On second thought, why don’t we all mail her the link?
Her email: email@example.com
And if you’d like to call to register your displeasure at her shameless behavior, 406-849-6096
Update: My letter:
Dear Ms Taylor,
The information you casually threw out on the floor of the Senate today regarding HIV is completely and utterly wrong.
HIV could not be transmitted that way, and it is irresponsible of you to further that ignorant myth.
Some excellent information about HIV transmission is here if you’d care to read it: http://www.thebody.com/content/art30024.html
As an HIV educator and as an HIV+ person, I find your words ridiculous and reprehensible- and I believe you owe the people of Montana an apology.
D Gregory Smith
Totally feel free to copy, embellish, etc.