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

Original post made by Jane, Professorville, on Jun 8, 2008

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.Web Link

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.
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.

Aids organisations, including the WHO, UN Aids and the Global Fund, have come under attack for inflating estimates of the number of people infected, diverting funds from other health needs such as malaria,

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.

"The impact of HIV is so heterogeneous. 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.

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Posted by Ronnie
a resident of another community
on Jun 8, 2008 at 2:22 pm

The main sexual practicve culprit is anal intercourse, either gay or straight. This is exaccerbated by promiscuity. Gay men are practitioners of both, and that is why they are hyper-infected.

Monogamous vaginal sex explains the low rate in N. Dakota.

When the AIDS outbreak first started, it soon become clear that anal intercouse was the main issue. However, those who protected the gay community from criticism ended up casuing a PC coverup of the actual issues. In the end, they hurt the gay community. How sad.

I say this as a gay man.

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Posted by sue
a resident of Hoover School
on Jun 8, 2008 at 2:47 pm

In DC there is a large gay and IV drug using community, this is not the case in North Dakota which may explain the 100 fold difference in HIV rates but a 100 fold difference is HUGE.

I think we where conned regarding the HIV epidemic by gay activists here and by third world activists abroad who wanted money.
It is disappointing that it took the WHO 25yrs to reveal this fraud, and the US CDC still has not admitted it

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 8, 2008 at 4:02 pm

The real Gay bashers are the misguided fools in ACT-UP and other organizations who fought to keep the standard public health reporting rules from applying to AIDS, who fought to eliminate the exclusion of carriers of contsgeous ailments from this country and who reopened the bath houses.

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Posted by ???
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 8, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Unfortunate for the WHO official with such a name for his job!!

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Posted by Peter S
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 9, 2008 at 10:55 am

Given that HIV in The USA is the result of voluntary high risk behavior we must consider quarantine and or jail for those who are infected and yet continue to behave in high risk fashion.

Also those who acquire HIV should be held accountable for the full cost of their treatment, we have subsidized and enabled these high risk behaviors and the medical consequences for 25 yrs

enough is enough

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Posted by SUMD
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 9, 2008 at 11:21 am

NEW YORK (AP) - A city Health Department study finds that more than a fourth of adult New Yorkers are infected with the virus that causes genital herpes.

The study, released Monday, says about 26 percent of New York City adults have genital herpes, compared to about 19 percent nationwide.

The department says genital herpes can double a person's risk for contracting HIV.

Herpes can cause painful sores, but most people have no recognizable symptoms.

Among New Yorkers, the herpes rate is higher among women, black people and gay men.

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 9, 2008 at 12:44 pm

But we can't teach abstinance!

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Posted by jr
a resident of Professorville
on Jun 9, 2008 at 1:10 pm

The AIDS epidemic that wasn't is one reason I am skeptical of global warmism,
another purported cataclysm that is supposedly just around the corner, that is purportedly based on science but about which one may not ask questions,
and that dovetails conveniently with pre-existing ideological agendas.

Ten or 20 years hence, will we be reading articles about the U.N. admitting that global warming wasn't all it was cracked up to be? Let's hope so.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 9, 2008 at 1:17 pm

"But we can't teach abstinance!"

You can try, but don't count on the homework.

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Posted by sally
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 9, 2008 at 2:53 pm

There should be professional repercussions for the scientists who pushed and profited from the false claims about a heterosexual epidemic of AIDS
in the developed world outside of homosexuals and iv drug users

how many billions of dollars did we waste on this fraud?

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Guess how Castro handled his epidemic. Can you say Isle of Pines, Bucky? The biggest disaster was the politicization of our public health system. An ancient responsibility of government wa to quarintine contageon - "Unclean, unclean" and such.

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Posted by Hooray for Hollywood
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 11, 2008 at 5:17 am

Teaching abstinence?


How about removing most of the smut from our national airwaves?

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Posted by sally
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 11, 2008 at 11:40 am

The account of how the gay community in SF refused to face the reality of AIDS transmission in the early days and there bye contributed to its spread and many many deaths is covered in the book entitled " And The Band Played On" by Randy Shilts, he later died of the disease, i believe it was made into a movie

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Posted by pat
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 11, 2008 at 12:34 pm

re randy shilts

Although he was worshiped by many in gay circles for enlightening heterosexuals, Shilts was controversial among more radical members of the movement, some of whom labeled him a "gay Uncle Tom."
In the mid-1980s, his stories suggesting that gay bathhouses in San Francisco were breeding grounds for AIDS made him a pariah, unable to walk through the city's Castro District without being jeered or spat upon.

When "And the Band Played On" came out, he was attacked for charging that gay groups initially pretended that AIDS did not exist.

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