If you are Gay, are you an AIDS threat?
“93 per cent of the record 311 HIV cases diagnosed last year came from just two groups — the gay community and lower-educated single men who have casual sex with sex workers abroad”
For people like me who are mathematically challenged, the calculator tells me that we’re talking about 290 people. I was left wondering if this was the statistics for last year, why bring it up at the end of August of the NEXT year? Anyways, the gahmen changed tack today by focusing on the link between AIDS and SARS instead. The end result - big one page article on the lessons we can take back from combating SARS.
I was about to turn the page, when I noticed a small box that said “Correction”. I could not find the online version of the small box but this is what it says....
"Of the 311 HIV cases last year, 93 percent were men. The gay community and the lower educated single men were significant groups, as were other groups of individuals who indulged in casual sex. "
Bloody hell.... they used WRONG statistics to write a piece on why the gay community was a problem and then take it back with a teeny small correction box? Not the media’s practice to admit their mistakes on the front page is it? Even better, all we now know is that a SIGNIFICANT number belongs to their community – pray tell us, MOH, what is this elusive significant number? Another SIGNIFICANT number was lower-educated single men – again, dear MOH, what is this mysterious number? And what exactly is lower-educated? And how come there are no numbers on the number of AIDS cases due to blood transfusion? Say lah.... are all ears :)
Congratulations, TODAY, give yourself a pat on the back. You have again managed to confuse your readers but just vomiting whatever you were given to eat.
P.S: I am willing to bet that after this goof-up, the ministry will be giving the media the transcript of every speech. But who knows, our competent media may find a creative way to screw it up yet again.