Autism is just like HIV/AIDS, don’t you know?

I’ve told you before how anti-vaccine activists want to convince you, the public, that autism is a deadly disease, comparable to having your child kidnapped at gunpoint and sold off as a slave. In light of Tuesday’s hearing in Congress on the response to autism in the United States, the Autism Action Network has now gone and compared autism to HIV/AIDS:

“Autism Action Network has always argued that the resources under CAA are inadequate yet wasted. Inadequate, because the federal research budget on HIV/AIDS is more than $3 billion per year and less than $200 million for autism, even though approximatley (sic) 1 million Americans have each disorder. Wasted because most of the funding has gone into deadend (sic) genetic research and not into basic research into the biology of autism, epidemiology, finding the environmental causes of autism, and possible prevention and treatment.”

AAN Statement

Do I really need to tell you how autism is not like HIV/AIDS? Without medication, you will undoubtedly die from HIV/AIDS. You will have all sorts of opportunistic infections and suffer a lot. Not so with autism.

You acquire HIV/AIDS through unsafe sex, a bad blood transfusion, a dirty needle stick, or from mother to child. You don’t acquire autism, period.

Like HIV/AIDS denialists, however, anti-vaccine, autism-is-a-disease-worse-than-death activists don’t want to live in reality. They want us to put as much money as we spend on HIV/AIDS into “finding the environmental causes of autism,” which is probably code for “vaccines, it’s the goddamn vaccines!” And treatment for autism? I wonder if they want the federal government to look into bleach enemas and industrial-level chelators as possible treatments for autism?

4 thoughts on “Autism is just like HIV/AIDS, don’t you know?

  1. “Wasted because [.] funding has gone into deadend” research looking for an autism-vaccine link.

  2. I would hope they’re just trying to say “you should spend more money on this because this is also important”, but given their recent activist work, I hesitate to give them the benefit of the doubt.

  3. A million Americans? I thought their usual claim was 1 in 68 or something – whereas their statement above makes it 1 in 320? But, of course, the rate is rising due to all the damn vaccines (not changes to the DSM, diagnostic substitution or better surveillance, obviously).
    I’ve had a look at their site and their principal argument seems to be ‘because more people believe vaccines cause autism that means they do’.

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