George F. Will's column {op-ed, June 7} absurdly assigns "responsibility" for a medical disease, AIDS, to gay men for having engaged in sexual conduct that he so clearly finds offensive, as though a group of people could create a virus.

How does Mr. Will account for the fact that in Africa, AIDS is and has been a disease that is ravaging the heterosexual population? Columns such as Mr. Will's that are grounded in bigotry and prejudice rather than in knowledge not only increase discrimination against gays; they also do a disservice to this country's heterosexuals by creating the fiction that they are not at risk for AIDS, that AIDS is just a disease of "perverts" and drug users.

Mr. Will's column was not only viciously homophobic, it was also irresponsible. JUDITH E. SCHAEFFER Arlington

C. Everett Koop was quoted in U.S. News & World Report as saying: "I am the surgeon general of the heterosexuals and the homosexuals, of the young and the old, of the moral and the immoral. I don't have the luxury of deciding which side I want to be on."

What a wonderfully perceptive and accurate statement. And what a refreshing statement to emanate from a Reagan appointee. What makes Dr. Koop's words even more remarkable is the rarity of their utterance; they are words that all public servants should understand and remember.


When President Reagan asks for routine AIDS testing, it is for the sanctimonious and self-righteous reasons that characterize so many of his administration's policies: a knee-jerk response, full of judgment and devoid of pity. Find an aberration and draw body fluid to root out and monitor the guilty.

Will this testing lead to treatment for those who test positive? Will it be supplemented by counseling and education? Will it bring any benefit to the sick and infected?

Or will it be used to exclude the alienated? To make lists of the uninsurable and the undesirable?

The president will use the HIV test to perpetuate an us-versus-them philosophy based on fear, loathing and ignorance. But, perhaps to his surprise, more and more of the president's "us" will find they belong among the loathsome "them" by passing through his routine checkpoints.

His appeals for compassion, kindness and understanding are belied by his call to God for the future judgment of the now sick and dying. Even while playing to human sympathy, he winkingly assures his "us" of the wrath of the Almighty on the weak and afflicted. DAVID C. McCAUGHEY Washington

I am trying, unsuccessfully, to understand the vehement denunciations of AIDS testing. This virulent disease threatens to become the "black death" of the 20th and 21st centuries, conceivably reaching the proportions of the epidemic of the Middle Ages.

Society is based upon the individual loss, to some degree, of personal freedom for the common good. The scope of the problem governs the degree of loss of individual rights. It is high time that we stopped this vacillating around the subject and started taking positive action.

I can understand those subject to the risk wishing confidentiality, but I cannot understand the attempts by them or the "civil righters" to stop the only controls we have to date. To those doubting a positive test result, there is no reason they could not take additional tests to determine the validity of the situation. It is appalling to do nothing while this disease spreads like wildfire to innocent persons. EDWIN B. FELDMAN Trappe, Md.