The “As I See It” column “A critical connection between housing and health” is seriously flawed. The author writes: “The facts are indisputable. Homelessness and HIV/AIDS share a frighteningly causal relationship.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. The HIV/AIDS pandemic is caused by unprotected sex; not by homelessness. There may be a correlation of the two, but not a causal relationship. It is very important not to confuse causality and correlation. Homelessness does not cause HIV/AIDS.
Let’s say that single women with tattoos are more likely to be come pregnant that single women without tattoos. Does getting a tattoo cause pregnancy? Of course not! The column’s causality/correlation mistake does a great disservice to the readers.