As Jonathan Meador pointed out, Stacey Campfield continued on his quest to make Tennessee the laughingstock of the nation on Michelangelo Signorile's radio show. I won't go into his bizarre theories about how just hearing about gayness can turn you gay or how a monkey-fucking pilot gave the world AIDS. You can read up on that stuff at the Huffington Post or at MetroPulse or at Knoxviews.
I do want to focus on this part of the interview where he says, "My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex ... very rarely [transmitted]."
This is absolutely wrong. Believing this can get you killed. Spreading this kind of misinformation and having people believe it will get people sick or dead. It is NOT virtually impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex. In fact, it's very easy.
According to the state of Tennessee's own statistics, there are 3,694 people in the state living with HIV who acquired it through heterosexual transmission. Twenty-one percent of HIV/AIDS cases in Tennessee in general were contracted through heterosexual sex. Among black Tennesseans, 26 percent of HIV/AIDS cases were transmitted through heterosexual sex.
Although men who have sex with men have historically been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, straight people having heterosexual sex make up a sizable portion of the HIV/AIDS community in Tennessee and being straight or only having heterosexual sex is no protection against it. In the United States, heterosexual transmission accounts for how 65 percent of white women and 74 percent of black women acquired the infection.
So what can you do to protect yourself from HIV/AIDS if you are a heterosexual person only having heterosexual sex with another heterosexual person?
It's not that much different from what gay and bisexual people can do. Know your status and the status of your partner(s). Even if you believe you are in a monogamous relationship, you could be married to a state legislator or someone who behaves like one. And believe me, they're not all playing "keep it in your pants" when they're out of sight. If you're embarrassed to ask your own doctor, Planned Parenthood provides testing for both men and women.
You don't have to have sex with anyone you don't feel comfortable having sex with. No one is "owed" sex. So if you are concerned that your partner is not being faithful and not being honest with you about it, even if you're married, you can stop having sex with her or him until you are certain of their status.
Use condoms. Especially if you are concerned your partner is running around. In spite of misinformation that condoms don't stop the spread of HIV, scientific studies have shown that they greatly reduce your chances of being infected. And again, you don't have to have sex with anyone in ways that make you uncomfortable. If you want to use a condom and your partner doesn't, you don't have to have sex with them without using a condom.
Our federal government (which has a very informative website about HIV/AIDS) also recommends limiting your sex partners. One way to do this is to say things so outlandish about gay people and AIDS that they make any right-thinking person recoil at the thought of you, as State Sen. Monkey Fucker has so aptly demonstrated. But I'd not recommend that route.
I also want to reiterate that you can be a virgin on your wedding night, married to a person who loses his or her virginity to you and HIV can still be an issue. If you or your partner was ever raped or molested, you could be at risk. (If you are raped or molested, be sure to see a medical professional who can screen for STIs and give you medicine to prevent you from acquiring HIV.) If you or your partner ever used intravenous drugs, you could be at risk. If you or your partner ever in your whole lives played "I'll give all y'all blowjobs, but I'm staying a virgin until I'm married" or "butt sex doesn't count as sex because my hymen is still intact," you could be at risk.
Get tested. Fuck only people who have been tested and who are happy to use a condom. And for gods' sake, don't get your sex ed from Stacey Campfield.