From Pink News
From Pink News
by Dr Gerard M Nadal, LifeSite News
Building on yesterday’s post regarding CDC’s documentation of the continued rise in HIV, Syphilis, and Gonorrhea among men who have sex with men (MSM), in almost every document on the matter CDC offers the following:
Complex issues like homophobia and stigma can also make it difficult for gay and bisexual men to seek appropriate care and treatment.
January 11th, 2014 Jill Posted in AIDS Comments Off
By Dr Gerard M Nadal, LifeSite News
This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual report, Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2012, to whining among journalists that the reason for the documented continued rise in syphilis (primarily affecting homosexuals) has more to do with homophobia than anything else. Consider the following from Bloomberg News:
Gonorrhea and syphilis are on the rise in the U.S., mostly in men who have sex with men (MSM), a trend the government said is linked to inadequate testing among people stymied by homophobia and limited access to health care.The rate of new gonorrhea cases rose 4 percent in 2012 from the year before, while syphilis jumped 11 percent, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today in a report. Rates for chlamydia, the most common of the bacterial sexually transmitted diseases, gained less than 1 percent.While all three diseases are curable with antibiotics, many people don’t get tested as recommended, said Gail Bolan, the director of the CDC’s STD prevention division. That’s especially the case for syphilis, where the rise is entirely attributable to men, particularly those who are gay or bisexual.“We know that having access to high-quality health care is important to controlling and reducing STDs,” Bolan said in a telephone interview. “Some of our more-vulnerable populations don’t have access. There are a number of men who come in to our clinic for confidential services because they’re too embarrassed to see their primary care doctors.”
“With most of these populations, having a sexually transmitted disease from having sex with another man is highly stigmatized,” he said. “They’d rather not get tested for HIV, syphilis, or whatever. They don’t want it to show up on their records.”
January 10th, 2014 Jill Posted in AIDS Comments Off
By Lisa Correnti, C-Fam
Lawyers for US agencies have failed in an initial attempt to force a watchdog group to remove leaked documents from the group’s website. The documents describe studies showing complications of a long-lasting contraception heavily backed by the agencies and the Gates Foundation for use by African women.
The US agencies are accused of attempting to conceal their knowledge of studies showing women using the injectable contraceptive Depo Provera are at higher risk of acquiring HIV.
Allowing The Rebecca Project to publish the information means “this issue of Depo Provera’s harm now has to be decided in a court of law where a judge will review scientific and social research data,” Kwame Fosu, the group’s policy director, told the Friday Fax.
The US Agency of International Development (USAID) and the Gates Foundation have spent millions of dollars to increase injectable contraceptive use among women in high-HIV communities in sub-Sahara Africa.
Legal representatives for USAID and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) filed a copyright infringement complaint to force The Rebecca Project to remove classified documents from its website. The documents were used at a closed-door meeting in Geneva of the World Health Organization, USAID, CDC, and Gates officials.
The meeting convened shortly after the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal published a study by Dr. Renee Heffron. It indicated women using Depo Provera had an increased risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.
By Dustin Siggins, LifeSite News
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows approximately 62 percent of gay men who know they have HIV/AIDS continue to engage in sexual relations without using a prophylactic, a behavior that can spread AIDS.
By Bill Muehlenberg
You know the end of Western civilisation is near when our elites, eggheads and rulers turn virtue into vice and vice into virtue. When they actually promote that which is not only morally wrong, but just plain deadly, then it really is the end of the world as we know it.
Just imagine if governments and all the institutions of power and influence mounted a ferocious campaign to encourage everyone to take up tobacco use, and demonised those who resisted. To promote a deathstyle like this would be the height of folly, yet that is exactly what we are doing with an equally deadly lifestyle: homosexuality.
My book Strained Relations is filled with facts, data and statistics about what a harmful, dangerous and dead-end lifestyle this is. Yet we are told we must endorse it, promote it, champion it and celebrate it. And the bad guys are now those who warn against all this. Go figure.
The bad news about this deathstyle keeps on coming– yet it seems to be falling on deaf ears. Consider this recent report coming out of the UK: “The UK’s National Director of Health and Wellbeing warns that there is an increasing and potentially catastrophic HIV epidemic in homosexual men in every part of the world.
“Speaking at the British HIV Association’s Autumn Conference earlier this month, Professor Kevin Fenton said that despite an increasing number of tools to combat HIV infection, the incidence and prevalence of the disease in MSM (men who have sex with men) is increasing rather than decreasing globally.
November 26th, 2013 Jill Posted in AIDS Comments Off
By Thaddeus Baklinski, LifeSite News
The UK's National Director of Health and Wellbeing warns that there is an increasing and potentially catastrophic HIV epidemic in homosexual men in every part of the world.
From Pink News
New figures released today by Public Health England show HIV infections among gay and bisexual men at a record high.
3,250 gay and bisexual men were diagnosed with HIV in 2012, the highest annual figure since the start of the epidemic.
Between 2011 and 2012 a small decline in the proportion of people living with HIV unaware was seen. The number of men who have sex with men (MSM) who remain undiagnosed with the virus has fallen to 18%.
Professor Noel Gill, head of Public Health England’s HIV and STI department, said: “In the UK, people who are unaware of their infection are likely to be those most at risk of transmitting HIV to others. We must increase the speed at which we’re reducing the number of undiagnosed HIV infections by encouraging earlier and more frequent HIV testing, especially by those most at-risk. Earlier diagnosis will help reduce new HIV infections across the UK.
October 25th, 2013 Jill Posted in AIDS Comments Off
From Fox News
Over the past decade, scientists have made incredible strides in the field of HIV research – leading to the development of numerous medications that can effectively manage the disease and provide patients with a near normal life expectancy.
But a cure for the human immunodeficiency virus has still eluded scientists, and now a new report from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has revealed that completely eradicating the virus may be much more difficult than previously thought.
In a new study published in the journal Cell, researchers have discovered that the reservoir of latent or inactive HIV that silently lingers in a patient’s body is much larger than scientists believed. In fact, this pool of viruses – known as HIV proviruses – may actually be 60-fold greater than previous estimates.
According to researchers, these findings are a major setback in the fight to cure HIV.
“We’re working very hard on developing better ways to assess the size of this reservoir,” lead author Dr. Robert Siliciano, an HHMI investigator at Johns Hopkins University, told FoxNews.com. “But I think there’s a lot more we really need to understand before we do a lot more clinical trials on (HIV cures).”
October 21st, 2013 Jill Posted in AIDS Comments Off
HIV diagnoses are rising at a record rate as an increasing number of gay Australians admit having unprotected casual sex, according to two major reports.
An annual surveillance report says 1253 people were diagnosed in 2012 and around 30,000 infected people know they have the virus.
But the 10 to 25 per cent of infected people who do not know their status is a challenge, says lead author, Associate Professor David Wilson of the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
"We need to focus on getting people diagnosed and initiating therapy to improve their health and reduce the risk of transmission," says Prof Wilson, whose report will be presented at the Australasian HIV and AIDS Conference in Darwin on Monday.
Another report to be presented at the conference shows close to 40 per cent of gay men admit having unprotected casual sex at least once in 2012.
"We're at the highest level recorded in our surveys of gay and bisexual men," says lead author Associate Professor John de Wit, director of the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH).
By Peter La Barbera, LifeSite News
The above is a graphic from a CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) online slide presentation, “HIV Surveillance in Adolescents and Young Adults”  – breaking down the incidence of HIV among young men ages 13-24. In 2011, an astonishing 94.9 percent of HIV diagnoses among teenage boys (13-19-years-old) were linked to homosexual (“male-to-male”) sex. And 94.1 percent of the cases among young men ages 20-24 (more analysis below) were from “gay” sex.
September 11th, 2013 Jill Posted in AIDS Comments Off
By Jeremy Wilson, The Kernel
Driven to chase ever-greater thrills in the bedroom, some gay men are taking outrageous risks with their health. Jeremy Wilson reports.
Regular vanilla sex no longer getting you off? That assortment of nipple clamps and valiant attempts at Shibari failing to spice up your sex life? How about the ultimate sexual thrill: a mixture of sex and Russian roulette. Welcome to the world of “bug chasers”: a terrifying subculture of gay men who seek out unprotected sex with HIV+ partners in the hope of getting infected with the virus.
For a while, bug chasing was dismissed as mythological. But now anyone with an email account can sign up to a gay social network and surf around, reporters can see that bug chasing is rapidly colonising online gay forums and geolocated hook-up apps as well as the more feature-rich gay social networks.
As with other extreme fetishes, bug chasing is enabled and propagated by anonymity online. For obvious reasons, asking a stranger whether (a) they have HIV and (b) they are willing to be a “gift giver” (that’s the terminology, by the way) would be a tricky proposition in real life. On the internet it’s easy to place a personal ad, which, through the ubiquitous “profile”, is precisely how most gay social networks are organised.
This is the guide to the 'rights' of young people living with HIV referred to in the above video
by Alan Craig
[...] And as usual with upper echelons, the travails of people in the inferior classes are ignored. It is not just coincidence that while the gay leadership were drinking Pimms and hobnobbing with Mr Cameron on the manicured lawns of the sunlit gardens at Downing Street and he was telling them with monumental insouciance – but without noticeable dissent – that Britain is now “the best place to be gay, lesbian or transgender anywhere in Europe”, the real gay community outside the bubble was and is undergoing a huge health crisis.
August 4th, 2013 Jill Posted in AIDS Comments Off
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately four percent of the male population is homosexual or bisexual yet they account for 78 percent of new HIV infections among men and 63 percent of all new infections in the latest 2010 statistics just released.
By Tony Kirby and Michelle Thornber-Dunwell, The Lancet
by Thaddeus Baklinski, LifeSite News
A fact sheet released at the end of June by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that HIV rates, already at epidemic proportions, are continuing to climb steadily among men who have sex with men (MSM).
"Gay and bisexual men remain at the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic," says Jonathan Mermin, the director of the CDC's division of HIV/AIDS prevention.
The CDC notes that while homosexual men make up only a very small percentage of the male population (4%), MSM account for over three-quarters of all new HIV infections, and nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of all new infections in 2010 (29,800).
"Men who have sex with men remain the group most heavily affected by HIV in the United States," the fact sheet states.
US News reports that if HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to rise at the current rates, more than half of college-aged homosexual men will have HIV by the age of 50.
When broken down by age group, the CDC reported that new infections among the youngest MSM, aged 13-24, increased from 7,200 infections in 2008 to 8,800 in 2010, which translates into a 22 percent increase in that time span.
by Peter Baklinski, LifeSite News
Homosexual men who have not had sex with other men for five years are now eligible to donate blood to the Canadian Blood Services (CBS).
April 30th, 2013 Jill Posted in AIDS Comments Off
by Stefano Gennarini, JD, Turtle Bay & Beyond
Sex researcher Dr. Rachel Jones at the Guttmacher Institute recently published a study in the journal Contraception that found that the “withdrawal method of birth control is nearly as effective as condoms in preventing pregnancy.” By the study’s measures, “pulling out” had a failure rate of four percent, while condoms had a failure rate of two percent.The conversation about sexually transmitted infections also benefits from the amplification of empirical evidence. HIV is a serious problem, and it demands medical vigilance in the search for a cure and the campaign for better treatments, drugs, and care. To pretend that simply telling people to wear condoms will work, however, is dangerously naïve.According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2010, men who have sex with men accounted for 63 percent of HIV infections.Despite widespread HIV awareness campaigns and knowledge about condoms,50 percent of gay men do not use them, and the HIV rate among gay men is on the rise because of it. Mark S. King, an award winning author and leading advocate for AIDS awareness in the gay community, who is also gay and HIV positive, recently gave a perfect summary of the motivation behind unprotected sex: “We keep talking about barebacking as if it’s some kind of psychosis, when really all it is is men behaving naturally.”