Now is it okay to tell the truth?

Posted: June 9, 2008 in Our Health

Threat of world Aids pandemic among heterosexuals is over, report admits

By Jeremy Laurance

independent.co.uk

A quarter of a century after the outbreak of Aids, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has accepted that the threat of a global heterosexual pandemic has disappeared.

In the first official admission that the universal prevention strategy promoted by the major Aids organisations may have been misdirected, Kevin de Cock, the head of the WHO’s department of HIV/Aids said there will be no generalised epidemic of Aids in the heterosexual population outside Africa.

Dr De Cock, an epidemiologist who has spent much of his career leading the battle against the disease, said understanding of the threat posed by the virus had changed. Whereas once it was seen as a risk to populations everywhere, it was now recognised that, outside sub-Saharan Africa, it was confined to high-risk groups including men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, and sex workers and their clients.

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Critics of the global Aids strategy complain that vast sums are being spent educating people about the disease who are not at risk, when a far bigger impact could be achieved by targeting high-risk groups and focusing on interventions known to work, such as circumcision, which cuts the risk of infection by 60 per cent, and reducing the number of sexual partners.

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One of the danger areas for the Aids strategy was among men who had sex with men. He said: ” We face a bit of a crisis [in this area]. In the industrialised world transmission of HIV among men who have sex with men is not declining and in some places has increased.

“In the developing world, it has been neglected. We have only recently started looking for it and when we look, we find it. And when we examine HIV rates we find they are high.

“It is astonishing how badly we have done with men who have sex with men. It is something that is going to have to be discussed much more rigorously.”

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In the US , the rate of infection among men in Washington DC is well over 100 times higher than in North Dakota, the region with the lowest rate. That is in one country. How do you explain such differences?

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What is the number 1 complaint I hear from sistahs out in places like D.C., Atlanta, etc. regarding the men? I’ll let you guess that one. I don’t hear the same complaint coming from folks out in North Dakota.

>>But Duane, you’re being mean and judgmental because what you are suggesting here that AIDS is a ‘gay’ disease.

If that is what you want to believe, there is nothing I can do about that. Anyway…

We live in a day and time that simply stating the obvious can land you right in the heart of meanie prison. The truth in all of this is that ANY risky sexual behavior does put you at RISK. What more can be said here or proven scientifically?

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Comments
  1. MIB says:

    To be honest, ALL sexual behavior carries an element of risk. HIV/AIDS has always been about something more than sexual behavior, however, and with the rates of drug use outstripping the number of homosexual and/or bisexual males many times over in the U.S. the threat risk posed by the disease remains formidable.

  2. Duane says:

    ALL sexual behavior carries an element of risk

    Some more than others.

    HIV/AIDS has always been about something more than sexual behavior

    How so?

  3. MIB says:

    “Some more than others.”

    Nothing could be more scientifically untrue.

    Given what HIV is, the various methods in which it can be transmitted don’t fully address the epidemological concerns. As the article you linked alludes, the higher occurence of HIV/AIDS among U.S. homosexual males may be merely correlated. Plenty of heterosexual couples engage in the exact same sexual acts as homosexual couples and yet — in America — don’t experience the same infection rates. In other areas, it’s the opposite.

  4. Duane says:

    Nothing could be more scientifically untrue.

    Or what you want to accept as truth.

    Unlike heterosexuals, outside of a sex change operation homosexuals by nature are regulated to sexual behavior that places them at risk compared with the general population. So your attempt to drag this particular issue into relativism will be a complete waste of time here. Now we can go into the graphic details of the risks involved and the damage that is done to the body when one engages in…let’s say anal sex,fisting, etc. (again, primary forms of sexual fulfillment in the homosexual community–not in the heterosexual community), but I am about to eat dinner. Yes, intravenous drug use is also a factor, but so is risky sexual behavior. And according to this report, the homosexual community has yet to get the memo–let alone read it.

  5. […] is an excerpt from an article covering a recent report released by the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr De Cock, an epidemiologist who […]

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