Medical data shows that gay lifestyle is risky

Friday, March 31, 2006

In his commentary, ‘‘Children need loving parents — period” (March 24), Dr. Kenneth B. Morgen presents himself as an expert in the gay lifestyle based on both personal and professional experience.

He states being gay is ‘‘not contagious” and doesn’t hurt anyone. Dr. Morgen knows that although male homosexuals are only 2.1 percent of the population, men who have sex with men account for 56 percent of the deaths due to AIDS. About 20 percent of men who have sex with men (MSM) are HIV positive.

The Centers for Disease Control states:

*‘‘Although many MSM reduce risk behaviors after learning that they have HIV, most remain sexually active.”

*MSM ‘‘are at increased risk for multiple sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including ... HIV, ... AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis B and hepatitis A.”

*‘‘The use of alcohol and illegal drugs continues to be prevalent among some MSM and is linked to HIV and STD risk.”

*‘‘Depression, childhood sexual abuse, using more than one drug, and partner violence have been shown to increase high-risk sexual behaviors (in MSM).”

I have seen many people die and be otherwise hurt by infections obtained because of the gay lifestyle. Dr. Morgen should not hide the serious medical consequences of men having sex with men as he promotes the gay lifestyle and shuns those who oppose adopting ‘‘gay marriage” as the standard for Maryland.

Dr. Morgen and his partner are doctors and must be intellectually honest enough to interpret the medical data objectively — period.

Ruth Jacobs, M.D., Rockville

The writer is an infectious disease specialist.

Dr. Kenneth Morgen clearly states in his commentary that ‘‘It has long been known in the social sciences that gay people do not choose their orientations any more than do straight people.” I disagree. When did social sciences conclude that people do not have a choice?

I believe the gay lifestyle is a choice, and I have had this confirmed more than once. A dear friend of mine rejected the gay lifestyle when he came to the realization that it would take his own life.

Australian identical twin registry studies definitively showed that sexual orientation was not biologically inherited and ‘‘...there are no replicated scientific studies supporting any specific biological etiology for homosexuality.”

Dr. Robert Spitzer is a prominent psychiatrist and a long time supporter of gay rights. He stated, ‘‘I came to this study skeptical. I now claim these changes can be sustained.”

Lesbian activist Camille Paglia wrote, ‘‘Is the gay identity so fragile that it cannot bear the thought that some people may not wish to be gay?” ... No one is born gay. Homosexuality is an adaptation, not an inborn trait.” There is an element in choice in all behavior.

Dr. Morgen needs to clearly state his facts and let us know where they are coming from. Homosexual orientation is a choice.

Sharron Barnum, Gaithersburg