Campfield defends AIDS comments on radio show 

A Tennessee Republican lawmaker is defending comments he made on a satellite radio show about the origins of AIDS and how it's transmitted.

Sen. Stacey Campfield was interviewed Friday by Michelangelo Signorile, editor-at-large of Huffington Gay Voices, on Signorile's radio show on SiriusXM's LGBT channel, OutQ, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel ( ).

The subject was Campfield's so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill that would ban public schools from teaching about gay issues.

During the discussion, Campfield said HIV and AIDS originated from a man having sex with a monkey and that "it is virtually ... impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex."

Campfield told the newspaper that some of his comments on the show were taken "out of context." He added that "I'm not a historian on AIDS ... but I've read and seen what other people have read and seen and those facts are out there."

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