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28 Sep 2017

Taiwan Premier Causes Outrage Over AIDS Comment

Legislative Yuan is attempting to diffuse situation after William Lai says same-sex intercourse is leading cause of HIV in Taiwan.

Executive Yuan spokesman has attempted to diffuse outrage over Premier William Lai's comments last week that were deemed disrespectful to LGBT.

At a meeting with several medical contribution award winners on Friday, Lai pointed out that sex between men is currently the leading cause of AIDS in Taiwan, replacing the sharing of drug needles.

Executive Yuan spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung said the premier was referring to "unsafe sex" and reiterated that he meant no disrespect to the gay community, and offered to apologize.

When quizzed on his comments at the event, Lai said he did not disrespect LGBT and was trying to highlight the achievements of medical professionals reducing HIV transmission among people who inject drugs.

He told media he supports the rights of people "to live together with the person they love."

Reader's Comments

1. 2017-09-28 23:53  
Everyone makes mistakes. A public figure must be very careful in what he says and how he says it, whereas the rest of us can easily shake off our faux pas.
2. 2017-09-29 01:05  
too late for apology you should think before you move your lips
Comment #3 was deleted by its author on 2017-09-29 02:37
4. 2017-09-29 06:26  
Fact is fact.

Who's offended? Surely it's ammo to get funding for education?

Rubber up. Have sex with fewer partners, etc etc

Oh, there's all but a cure now.

I hear self respect is free!
5. 2017-09-29 10:38  
It sounds harsh, but I don't think it's what he said, after all, it's the highest risk in the US also, but it's the way he phrased it that makes it sounds a tad on the insensitive side.

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