Book’s Online Poll Says Any Future President’s AIDS Should Be Made Public, Reports Author Dr. Leslie Norins

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Online poll indicates public wants any future President's AIDS infection to be revealed, no matter the source--even enemy plot or extramarital sex. The poll was conducted by Dr. Leslie Norins, author of the new mystery, "The President Has AIDS."

Apparently there’s not much public insistence on medical privacy for the President. Respondents to a national online poll strongly favor total medical transparency for any future President who develops AIDS, an infection which can raise sensitive questions as to its source. The poll was conducted for the just-published mystery novel, “The President Has AIDS” (http://www.ThePresidentHasAIDS.com), reports Dr. Leslie Norins, the book’s author.

The poll presented three options as to whether the public should be informed about such an AIDS diagnosis: Yes, always inform; No, never inform; or Yes inform—but only if the source were one of several choices offered.

A significant majority, two-thirds (65.8%), of respondents said the public should always be informed, regardless of the circumstances under which a Commander in Chief acquired the HIV which led to AIDS.

In contrast, only about one-fifth (21%) said the public should not be informed at all.

The smallest portion of poll-takers, 13.2 %, said the public should be informed--but only if the HIV source were one of seven possibilities presented. (These respondents could vote for more than one source as meriting disclosure)

Highest ranked of these seven was “contaminated blood transfusion” (62.2%). Second was “extramarital sex with a same-sex partner” (51%).

Two sources were tied for third place (48% each): “enemy plot” and “personal drug abuse using contaminated needle”.

Then came “contaminated surgical instrument” (46.9%) and “extramarital sex with opposite sex partner” (43.9%).

In last place was “sex with infected spouse” (38.8%).

The non-scientific online poll, open to anyone interested, was taken October 14 through November 2. Dr. Norins declined to report the precise total of respondents, but called it “substantial.”

He explained that the poll illuminates one of the two big challenges in his book: White House insiders are grappling with whether the President’s AIDS infection should be revealed to the public. The second challenge is faced by the mystery’s medical detective, Dr. Martin Riker—ferreting out the source of POTUS’s HIV. Just before the book ends, its fictional President, Paul Ralston, does decide whether to disclose his AIDS infection to the American people.

Book author Dr. Leslie Norins graduated Johns Hopkins University and received his M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine. He then received his Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne (Australia) where he strudied immunology with Sir Macfarlane Burnet, Nobel prize-winner, at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Early in his career he directed the Venereal Disease Research Laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Then he became a medical publisher, creating and growing over the next 35 years more than 80 monthly newsletters serving specialized information needs of healthcare professionals and facilities. Dr. Norins previously authored, with contributions from Thomas Hauck, the thriller, "Deadly Pages", in which Mideast terrorists plot to attack vulnerable Americans with smallpox, disseminated by contaminating the printing ink of the New York Times.

“The President Has AIDS. by Leslie Norins, MD, is published by Medvostat LLC, and is available at Amazon.com and bookstores. $14.95 paperback, $9.95 Kindle. ISBN 978-0692758003. (http://www.ThePresidentHasAIDS.com) .

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