United Press International (08/01/88)
PAUl Abramson, University of California at Los Angeles psychologist, says
flawed information that fails to understand human sexual behavior has
distorted current predictions of the spread of AIDS into the general
population. The problem is the lack of "basic scientific method
involving the assessment of sexual behavior in the United States," says
Abramson. Two meetings of government officials, including the recent
Charlottesville Conference, produced projections based on actual cases
and the rate at which they occurred. Chuck Fallis of the Centers for
Disease Control says such figures may be skewed by people who lie about
their sexual behaviors. Fallis said projections based on inaccurate
reports of sexual behavior range from the "naive" to the "nonsensical."
According to Abramson, if data on human sexuality in the U.S. that has
not been updated since the Kinsey report 40 years ago is made current,
the rate of error in projected cases of AIDS could be reduced from 30
percent to 5 percent.