A video of televangelist Pat Robertson claiming that gay men in San Francisco deliberately spread HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, with special rings that cut others when shaking hands is back on YouTube.

The video made by Right Wing Watch (RWW), a project of People for the American Way, was taken down by YouTube after the Christian Broadcasting Company (CBN) claimed copyright infringement. According to a RWW blog post, the network also removed copies posted on other video sharing sites, including Vimeo.

Robertson's comments were also edited out of a clip of the broadcast uploaded to YouTube by CBN.

RWW filed a counterclaim with YouTube stating that the video was protected by fair use. On Thursday, YouTube restored the video.

In the clip, a 700 Club viewer asks whether it is wrong for her church not to inform her that she was driving to worship services a man who is “dying of AIDS.” Robertson reassures the woman that she'll be fine provided she didn't “have sex with them,” then adds, “unless there's a cut or some bodily fluid transmission.”

“There are laws now,” Robertson continues. “I think the homosexual community has put these draconian laws on the books that prohibit people from discussing this particular affliction. You can tell somebody you had a heart attack. You can tell them they've got high blood pressure. But you can't tell anybody you've got AIDS.”

“You know what they do in San Francisco. Some in the gay community there they want to get people so if they got the stuff they'll have a ring, you shake hands, and the ring's got a little thing where you cut your finger,” he added. “Really. It's that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

In remarks to The Atlantic, Robertson said that he “regretted” that his remarks had been “misunderstood.”

“[T]his often happens because people do not listen to the context of remarks which are being said,” Robertson said. “In no [way] were my remarks meant as an indictment of the homosexual community or, for that fact, to those infected with this dreadful disease.”

(Related: Anderson Cooper puts Pat Roberson on Ridiculist over anti-gay comments.)