It has been brought to Testifyingtotruth ‘s attention that the following item was
posted on LGBT activist Maurice Tomlinson’s Facebook page today, Thursday
In the post Tomlinson accuses Dr. Wayne West, Chairman of the Jamaica
Coalition for a Healthy Society (JCHS) of deliberately lying and doing bad
science for stating in the JCHS affidavit for the court case reviewing Jamaica’s
buggery law that” anal sex is inherently infectious”
Paragraph 53 of the JCHS Affidavit states :
” The Coalition counters that the burden and impact of HIV on men who have sex with men stems from the inherently infectious practice of anal penetration. I exhibit hereto marked Exhibits WW20a and 20b, excerpts from the NAM (National Aids Manual) AIDSMAP (UK) http://www.aidsmap.com/Anal-intercourse/page/1323531/, accessed February 19, 2014, which reports that unprotected anal intercourse carries a higher risk of sexual HIV transmission than unprotected vaginal intercourse. ”
Dr. West states that Tomlinson’s correction is valid and duly noted and that the
item should have read ” the inherently risky practice of unprotected anal
Readers of this Blog can rest assured that Dr. West and the JCHS will and are
already seeking to effect the necessary correction.
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SANCTION UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR BY DR. WAYNE WEST:
Dr. Wayne West is a radiologist. He is also head of the Jamaica Colition for a Healthy Society, a fundamentalist religious group that is opposed to the recognition of the human rights of LGBT Jamaicans. Dr. West has consistently used his medical credentials to push his anti-gay agenda, even resorting to blatantly unethical behavior, for which I personally think he should be disciplined by the University of the West Indies, Mona where he works, as well the Medical Association of Jamaica.
In court documents opposing a repeal of the Jamaican anti-sodomy law he states that anal sex is inherently infectious. This blatant lie could be excused because, after all, Dr. West is NOT an epidemiologist. He therefore does not specialize in the science of how infectious diseases are actually spread. HOWEVER, his statement is at best unresearched hogwash, unworthy of the academic standards of the university, OR at worst, constitutes ethical misconduct of the highest order.
The FACT which ANY medical practioner MUST know is that it is UNPROTECTED anal intercourse with an INFECTIOUS partner which is “inherently infectious.” By West’s logic, simply having anal sex will transmit HIV! Not true. If neither person is infectious (i.e., negative for HIV or if positive is on effective ARV treatment) then the risk evaporates. Further, if the inserting partner uses a condom, even if they are infected, the chances of transmitting HIV are significantly reduced. Instead of admitting this simple fact (which he has been PUBLICLY called out on, even by non-scientists) West persists in repeating his lie, and has even sworn an oath to it! He is, in my humble opinion, an unrepentant bigot who wants to stigmatize and demonize gays.
I call upon the University of the West Indies to reign in this fundamentalist lose cannon, or forever risk having their good name tarnished by being associated with sham science.