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‘Epidemic’: HIV rates, already sky-high, continuing to climb among gay men, warns CDC

July 9th, 2013 Jill Posted in AIDS, Homosexuality Comments Off

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.

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Canadian health authorities admit gay sex dangerous, blood-donors must be abstinent 5 years

May 24th, 2013 Jill Posted in AIDS, Homosexuality Comments Off

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).

The organization revealed yesterday that it has received approval from Health Canada to exchange a lifetime ban on homosexuals donating blood for a deferral system.
 
While homosexual activists have slammed the deferral policy as discriminatory towards gay men, a senior Medical Advisor at Health Canada has defended the deferral period as a necessary precaution in protecting the blood supply from the risk of disease caused by MSM (men who have sex with men).
 
“Approximately half of new HIV cases in Canada are MSM. Seventy-five per cent of the males who are newly diagnosed with HIV are MSM", said Health Canada’s Robert Cushman to Xtra yesterday. “This is a risk behaviour, not a sexual orientation policy".
 
Cushman said that research shows that even men in a committed MSM relationship who use condoms present a greater risk of disease than promiscuous heterosexuals who engage in anal or vaginal sex without using condoms.
 
“MSM is a risky behaviour", he stated. “There’s anatomical reasons. There’s a scientific explanation".
 
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The Truth About Condoms?

April 30th, 2013 Jill Posted in AIDS Comments Off

Bill Gatesby Stefano Gennarini, JD, Turtle Bay & Beyond

According to Bill Gates, they prevent the experience of sexual pleasure. Maddona thinks condoms will save Africans from HIV/AIDS. The CDC thinks homosexuals should be using them more…
 
Interesting article on Bill Gates’ search for a better condom. Excerpt below:
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.”
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Study: Transgender Women Nearly 50 Times More Likely to Have HIV

April 14th, 2013 Jill Posted in AIDS, Transgender Comments Off

By Leonardo Blair, Christian Post

A new study spanning 15 countries, including the United States, has highlighted that transgender women are nearly 50 times more likely than the general population to be at risk of an HIV infection while another has cited a dearth of HIV-surveillance data on women with surgically created vaginas.

The first study, conducted by Dr. Stefan Baral, director of the key populations programs in the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and colleagues, and reported in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, examined data from 15 countries with male-predominant HIV epidemics. The countries included the U.S., six from the Asia-Pacific area, five in Latin America, and three in Europe. The findings come after nearly four decades of grappling with the AIDS epidemic.

"Our findings suggest that transgender women are a very high burden population for HIV and are in urgent need of prevention, treatment, and care services," said Dr. Baral and his team in the discussion of their findings.

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Bill Gates’ Condom Contest Will Ensure Continued AIDS Crisis

April 2nd, 2013 Jill Posted in AIDS Comments Off

Bill Gatesby Brian Clowes Ph.D, HLI World Watch

Bill Gates, the man who brought you a new and improved “third world” toilet and microwaves to treat malaria, is now, through his Grand Exploration Challenges program, offering up to $100,000 for a new and improved condom.
 
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is concerned that many men do not use condoms consistently because they see them as interfering with the spontaneity and pleasure of sex, and so it is calling for condoms in new shapes, packaging and materials that will “significantly preserve or enhance pleasure, in order to improve uptake and regular use.”
 
The problem with this contest (from a public health standpoint) is that it is unlikely to lead to the desired end of a decrease in sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates. After all, most other condom manufacturers have already put hundreds of thousands of hours of research into making condoms that are more reliable and have other features that are meant to increase use, yet we still see high rates of HIV/AIDS and other diseases where condoms are readily available and promoted.
 
Of course, the intent of project is to fund innovative ideas and concepts that the experts have not yet considered. And who knows, perhaps some budding genius will indeed come up with an idea using some miracle substance to make an “unbreakable” condom.
 
But the primary problem regarding the AIDS epidemic is not unsafe condoms – though it is important to note the high failure rate of condoms – it is unsafe behavior. The only African nation that significantly brought down its adult HIV infection rate is Uganda, and it did this in the early 1990s by stressing faithfulness and monogamy, not condom use. Sadly, beginning in 2002 the condom promoters made their way back into Uganda, and its AIDS rate is again on the rise. It was ranked 10th in the world in AIDS prevalence rate in 2009.
 
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HIV among Israeli gay men up 55% since 2005

February 19th, 2013 Jill Posted in AIDS Comments Off

by Dan Even, Haaretz

The number of new HIV infections among homosexual men is increasing, according to Health Ministry figures.

There has been a 55% increase in HIV infections among homosexual men since 2005, though the pace of infection has moderated somewhat in the past few years. In 2011, there were 150 new HIV cases reported among homosexual men.

This is true throughout the West, not just in Israel.

According to statistics compiled by the Health Ministry’s sexual diseases clinic in south Tel Aviv ‏(the Levinsky Clinic‏), the rate of HIV infection among homosexuals ‏(2,603 per 100,000‏) is 4.5 times the rate of infection among heterosexuals ‏(573 per 100,000‏).

The spike in HIV infections among homosexuals has led the Health Ministry to conduct periodic surveys of the sexual habits among homosexual men. In a survey of 2,000 homosexuals in 2010, 20% reported that they had had anal intercourse without using a condom in the past six months. This is a risk factor for contracting HIV.

Similarly, 25% of those surveyed reported using recreational drugs, which also increases the risk.

These results were similar to the previous survey that the ministry had conducted in 2005 among 2,569 homosexuals, in which a third of those with HIV ‏(33.8 percent‏) reported having casual sex, which increases the risk of infection. Of these, 40.6 percent reported having anal sex with random partners.

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Condoms and Africa

February 15th, 2013 Jill Posted in AIDS Comments Off

By Dale O'Leary

The media expressed shock when Pope Benedict XVI on his trip to Africa said that the promotion of condoms as the solution for the AIDS epidemic may only increase the problem. How, the shocked journalists asked, could Pope ignore science?

The fact is that science is on the side of the Pope, as Edward Green, author of Rethinking AIDS Prevention admitted. Green had gone to Africa accepting the conventional wisdom that condoms were the solution for the AIDS epidemic, but discovered that massive condom education and distribution programs were not working. On the other hand, a program promoting abstinence before marriage and fidelity in marriage in Uganda was successful.

His conclusions have been confirmed by numerous other studies. In 2003, Norman Hearst and Sammy Chen conducted a condom effectiveness study for the U.N.’s AIDS program. They concluded that “In many sub-Saharan African countries, high condom use has yet to produce demonstrable benefit… sad experience shows that high HIV transmission can coexist with high condom use.”

An article in the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet concluded: “Massive increases in condom use worldwide have not translated into demonstrably improved HIV control in the great majority of countries where they have occurred.”

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Sexual inequality in HM prisons

February 8th, 2013 Jill Posted in AIDS, Equality Comments Off

Letter to the Editor, Daily Mail, from Mr Paul Laxton, Huddersfield

As a retired prison governor, I can see the flaw in Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s proposals to make prison life tougher by rectifying the situation whereby gays serving prison sentences can be sexually active while heterosexual prisoners can’t. He says gay prisoners should be split up and, if necessary, transferred.

I’m not convinced that Mr Grayling has been fully briefed by his civil servants about this. He may not be aware that a prisoner can no longer be charged with indulging in gay sex unless the governor has enacted a specific rule against such relationships.

No governor is likely to risk his job by promulgating such a rule and bringing down the wrath of a politically correct HQ on his head.

Mr Grayling may also not know that the governor no longer has the power to prevent the issue of condoms, which may prevent the spread of HIV but effectively give the green light to sexual activity.

Meanwhile, there is an unintended consequence of the ban on smoking in public buildings, which came into force in England in 2007. The head of the Prison Service at the time successfully argued that, as a cell was effectively a prisoner’s home, it should be exempt from the legislation.

This brings into play the much abused Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the right to a private and family life, and leaves open the possibility of legal action being brought to establish that, as a consequence of this decision, a prison cell is a private place under the meaning of the 1967 Act that legalised homosexuality between consenting adults – thus overturning the current position that a prison cell is excluded from the definition.

I hope Mr Grayling can raise these issues with civil servants and Treasury solicitors.

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HIV in gay men ‘refuses to fall’

February 1st, 2013 Jill Posted in AIDS, Homosexuality Comments Off

By James Gallagher, BBC News

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) attacks the immune system

Huge improvements in treating and testing for HIV have failed to curb infections in gay and bisexual men in England and Wales, a study suggests.

New infections were static at about 2,300 a year between 2001 and 2010, despite rises in early diagnosis and far more people taking medication.

Scientists, writing in the Lancet Infectious Diseases, said there had been a return of risky sexual practice.

Campaigners said there were “real challenges” in HIV prevention.

There is concern about the spread of HIV in men who have sex with other men. The Health Protection Agency’s latest report said HIV had reached an “all-time high” in this group, with more and more new cases reported each year.

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World AIDS day – updated

December 2nd, 2012 Jill Posted in AIDS Comments Off

What's missing on World Aids Day?  Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council notes that the mainstream US media have failed to mention the elephant in the room in their top stories on the topic.  Read here

Dr Edward Green and Allison Herling Ruark point out why, 'if AIDS prevention is to be based on evidence rather than ideology or bias, then fidelity and abstinence programs need to be at the center of programs for general populations'.
 
 We at AM are concerned that UK charities such as the Terrence Higgins Trust – set up as AIDS prevention charities – continue to receive large sums of public money when their strategy has been such a colossal failure and new diagnoses amonst gay and bisexual men have reached an all-time high, according to the Health Protection Agency. The obvious solution of fidelity and abstinence programmes mentioned above does not appear to be worthy of a mention on their website.
 
Read also: The syndemic of STDs among gay men – a thorough piece of research by Dale O'Leary.
 
This piece written on World Aids Day 2006 by gay writer John Heard is also worth reading, as he urges Western gay men to 'clear away the politically correct nonsense, to stop focusing on fripperies such as gay marriage and other diversions', to 'throw off the notion of gay pride', to stop outraged demand for more money, and to take responsibility for their own actions.
 
David Lindsay also comments from the Roman Catholic perspective
 
Bill Muehlenberg comments on the world's first politically protected disease
 
 However, the Archbishop of Canterbury believes that the AIDS challenge is about 'women's empowerment'
 
Labour leader Ed Milliband thinks it is all about stigma, inclusion and prejudice
 
Prime Minister David Cameron is concerned about the 25,000 people who are unaware that they have HIV. He commends the work of the Terrence Higgins Trust.
 
Peter Tatchell wants more HIV funding, and awareness education in schools, including telling straight kids who want to experiment how to have gay sex 'safely'.  He does, however, urge gay and bisexual men to take greater responsibility. Read here
 
 
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What’s Missing on World AIDS Day?

December 1st, 2012 Jill Posted in AIDS Comments Off

By Peter Sprigg, FRC

December 1 is “World AIDS Day,” so both of Washington’s newspapers—the liberal Washington Post and the conservative Washington Times—featured stories on the worldwide AIDS epidemic.
 
The Post report focused on the promise of the latest generation of antiretroviral therapy. The Times article dealt with the efforts to expand circumcision of men, in the wake of scientific findings that this, too, can help reduce spread of the disease.
 
But what was missing?
 
In both articles, there was not a word about men who have sex with men (MSM).
 
And in neither article did the word “condom” appear a single time.
 
In the United States, men who have sex with men continue to be the group at highest risk for infection with HIV (overseas, heterosexual transmission is relatively more common). Yet the idea of fighting AIDS by discouraging the sexual conduct most likely to transmit it is completely taboo.
 
And at one time, condoms were considered to be THE answer to the AIDS epidemic. If we could just get men to use a condom every time, for every act of sexual intercourse (vaginal, oral, or anal), then we would beat the disease. This has proved easier said than done.
 
Two newspaper stories are a very limited sample. Yet they may be suggestive of two important realities.
 
The condom crusade has failed; yet we remain unwilling to encourage people to just say no to the sexual activity with the highest risk.
 
Read here
 
Further reading:  Dr Edward Green and Allison Herling Ruark point out why, 'if AIDS prevention is to be based on evidence rather than ideology or bias, then fidelity and abstinence programs need to be at the center of programs for general populations'.
 
We are concerned that UK charities such as the Terrence Higgins Trust – set up as AIDS prevention charities - continue to receive large sums of public money when their strategy has been such a colossal failure and new diagnoses amonst gay and bisexual men have reached an all-time high, according to the Health Protection Agency.  The obvious solution of fidelity and abstinence programmes mentioned above does not appear to be worthy of a mention on their website.
 
Read also: The syndemic of STDs among gay men – a thorough piece of research by Dale O'Leary.
 
This piece written on World Aids Day 2006 by gay writer John Heard is also worth reading, as he urges Western gay men to 'clear away the politically correct nonsense, to stop focusing on fripperies such as gay marriage and other diversions', to 'throw off the notion of gay pride', to stop outraged demand for more money, and to take responsibility for their own actions.
 
David Lindsay also comments from the Roman Catholic perspective
 
Bill Muehlenberg comments on the world's first politically protected disease
 
However, the Archbishop of Canterbury believes that the AIDS challenge is about 'women's empowerment'
 
Labour leader Ed Milliband thinks it is all about stigma, inclusion and prejudice
 
Prime Minister David Cameron is concerned about the 25,000 people who are unaware that they have HIV.  He commends the work of the Terrence Higgins Trust.
 
Peter Tatchell wants more HIV funding and awareness education in schools, including telling straight kids who want to experiment how to have gay sex safely.  He does, however, urge gay and bisexual men to take greater responsibility.  Read here
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HIV diagnoses in UK homosexual men at all-time high

December 1st, 2012 Jill Posted in AIDS Comments Off

By Thaddeus Baklinski, LifeSite News

A report on HIV infection from the UK’s Health Protection Agency states that new diagnoses among men who have sex with men (MSM) reached an all-time high in 2011, with 3,010 new cases.

The report, which was published on Thursday, says a “worrying” trend has developed since 2007, with rates of new HIV infections rising rapidly among homosexual men.

Nearly one in 12 male homosexuals in London now has HIV. In the rest of the nation, one in 20 homosexual men is HIV-positive.

The highest rates of HIV were (47 per 1,000) reported among homosexual men, and the next highest rates (37 per 1,000) in the black African community.

Almost two-thirds of homosexual men newly diagnosed as HIV-infected at an STI clinic had not attended a clinic for testing in the previous three years.

The report says this “strongly suggests there is room for improvement in the frequency of testing by those at highest risk.”

The data state that approximately one quarter (22,600) of people infected with HIV were undiagnosed and unaware of their infection.

The report provides the usual advice of “safer sex,” that is, use of condoms, to reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, but adds that higher risk groups (homosexual men) should “avoid overlapping sexual relationships and reduce the number of sexual partners.”

“Partner reduction” and reducing promiscuity have proven to be significant in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS, whereas promotion of condoms use has not.

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The syndemic of STDs among gay men

November 30th, 2012 Jill Posted in AIDS, Homosexuality, STIs Comments Off

By Dale O'Leary

It has been over 30 years since the first gay[1] men were diagnosed with what would later be called AIDS. Since then over 300,000 men who have sex with men (MSM) have died of AIDS, and 6,000 are expected to die this year and every year for the foreseeable future. In 2008, 17,940 MSM were diagnosed with HIV infections, an increase of 17% from 2005. MSM accounted for 53% of all new infections. It is estimated that one half million MSM are currently infected with HIV. According to a report from the CDC, one in five sexually active gay and bisexuals is carrying the AIDS virus and nearly half of those infected don’t know it. MSM are 44 to 86 times more likely to be diagnosed HIV positive than men who don’t.[2]
 
The continuing spread of HIV among MSM is not a simple epidemic, but a syndemic.
 
A syndemic occurs when a number of different and interrelated health problems come together and interact. The various elements of the syndemic have an additive effect, each one intensifying the others. According to an article by Dr. Ron Stall and associates, an analysis of the data from a large number of studies reveals that:
…additive psychosocial health problems—otherwise known collectively as a syndemic—exist among urban MSM and that the interconnection of these problems functions to magnify the effects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in this population. A variation of this question has been empirically tested since the very earliest days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, in that substantial literature now exists on the relationship between substance use and HIV/AIDS,[3] depression and HIV/AIDS[4], childhood sexual abuse and HIV/AIDS[5], and violence and HIV/AIDS[6]. Our analysis extends this literature to show that the connection among these epidemic health problems and HIV/AIDS is far more complex than a 1-to-1 relationship; rather it is the additive interplay of these health problems that magnifies the vulnerability of a population to serious health conditions such as HIV/AIDS.[7]
In addition to the effects of depression, drug use, and a history of childhood abuse and/or violence on HIV infection rates, MSM are more likely to suffer from other psychological disorders, paraphilias,[8] and sexual addiction and compulsion.[9] They are far more likely to be diagnosed with any of an array of other sexually transmitted disease (STDs), some of which have become resistant to commonly used antibiotics[10], and some of which can make them more vulnerable to infection with HIV.[11] They are more likely than other men to engage in a wide variety of sexual practices which have the potential to spread STDs, to do so with a larger number of partners in venues which cater to multiple and anonymous sexual encounters. And in spite of the known risks, gay activists have consistently — and in many cases successfully — resisted proven public health strategies for the prevention of the transmission of STDs.[12]
 
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Highest-ever HIV diagnoses in gay men

November 29th, 2012 Jill Posted in AIDS Comments Off

By James Gallagher, BBC News

The number of gay and bisexual men being diagnosed with HIV in the UK reached an "all-time high" in 2011, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA).
 
It said there had been a "worrying" trend since 2007, with more and more new cases each year.
 
Nearly half of the 6,280 people diagnosed last year were men who had sex with other men (MSM).
Overall, one in 20 MSM are infected with HIV.
 
Of those diagnosed in 2011, nearly two-thirds had not been to a sexual health clinic in the previous three years.
 
The HPA said the figures showed there was "room for improvement" in testing people in at-risk groups.
 
Dr Valerie Delpech, the organisation's head of HIV surveillance, told the BBC: "Obviously this is a serious illness and it is worrying that we're still seeing a lot in men who have sex with men and this is a record year.
 
"Transmission in the UK is largely sexual, so safe sex is the best way to prevent yourself getting HIV."
 
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CDC: Youths make up in 1 in 4 new HIV cases – Gay, bisexual men still clear majority

November 29th, 2012 Jill Posted in AIDS Comments Off

By Cheryl Wetzstein, Washington Times

Teens and young adults now account for more than a quarter of the new cases of HIV identified in the United States annually, and a clear majority of those cases involve young gay or bisexual men, the federal government said in a major new survey Tuesday.
 
Of the nearly 48,000 new HIV cases identified in the United States in 2010, the latest year for which complete data are available, more than 12,000 involved teens and young adults, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found in its latest report.
 
About 72 percent of these new HIV cases in younger adults occurred in young men who are gay or bisexual, according to the CDC report.
 
The report comes as officials, researchers and activists gear up for World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, with U.S. and global organizations releasing a stream of reports about the state of the pandemic, while anti-AIDS activists staged an attention-grabbing protest on Capitol Hill.

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The smokescreen putting young men’s health at risk

November 13th, 2012 Jill Posted in AIDS, Homosexuality Comments Off

by Thomas Coy, MercatorNet

How much worse do the risks of gay sex have to be before it rates the same public health warnings as smoking?

Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on HIV infection in the United States reveal some disturbing trends concerning gay males or, in CDC terminology, “men who have sex with men” (MSM). In recent data the CDC estimated that 61 percent of the 48,079 HIV infections diagnosed in 2010 occurred through male to male sexual contact.(1) According to the CDC data, sexual contact and injection drug use are the predominant means by which HIV is transmitted.
 
The CDC data on HIV diagnoses came from forty-six states and five U.S. dependent areas. Some 29,194 new HIV diagnoses in 2010 were linked to male homosexual contact where no injection drug use took place. There were approximately 4550 HIV male diagnoses linked to heterosexual contact. Injection drug use was involved in 5481 cases. Women contracting the HIV virus through heterosexual contact accounted for approximately 8,800 cases. Another 47 HIV cases came from sources other than the four listed. Included in the other 47 cases were blood transfusions and prenatal exposure.(2) When CDC statistics are analyzed using the estimate of the MSM population at 4 percent of the American male population and assuming the other 96 percent who do not have sex with men are heterosexual, the risk of HIV infection from sexual contact for MSM was approximately 150 times greater than the heterosexual male population in 2010.(3)
 
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HIV cases on the rise at Brighton & Hove NHS centre

November 12th, 2012 Jill Posted in AIDS Comments Off

From The Argus

NEWLY-diagnosed HIV infections are on the rise in Brighton and Hove.

The number of people attending NHS services for HIV in the city is increasing by ten to 15 per cent a year.

Last year, 920 people from Brighton and Hove were receiving treatment compared to 810 in 2003, a rise of 14 per cent.

Meanwhile, Brighton's Elton John Centre, which treats people with HIV and Aids, has recorded a four-fold increase in patient numbers since 1995, from about 350 to 1,300.

These are not all new infections – many people have moved to the area because treatment is good or for other reasons.

But health professionals have warned that those at risk should be aware of the dangers and should make sure they heed the safe-sex message.

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Cultural Imperialism: The Sexual Rights Agenda

November 8th, 2012 Jill Posted in AIDS, Gay Activism, Homosexuality Comments Off

Watch the full video here

Cultural imperialism: The Sexual Rights Agenda is a hard-hitting documentary exposing how Western donor nations are now using financial aid as a weapon to force smaller nations to comply with a radical sexual rights agenda.

The film, Cultural Imperialism, was created in response to numerous complaints from UN representatives of developing countries. They asked us to expose to the American people what the Obama administration, along with several UN agencies, is doing to their countries. The hope of these representatives is that, upon being made aware of the problem, Americans, as well as other people around the world, will rise up and stop Obama's cultural imperialism. They also want to show Cultural Imperialism in their own countries to help raise awareness of these abuses.

In the film, African and Caribbean representatives at the UN speak out about how they are being bullied by the West into accepting legalized prostitution and special homosexual rights in their countries, despite overwhelming opposition from their people. The film shows how this imposition of sexual rights is eroding the religious and cultural values of these countries and destroying their families.

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UN agencies ask Brazilian president to criminalize ‘homophobia’

November 3rd, 2012 Jill Posted in AIDS Comments Off

By Julio Severo, LifeSite News

The Expanded Thematic Group on HIV/AIDS in Brazil (GT/UNAIDS), in joint partnership with national and international groups, sent a letter on October 16 to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and other Brazilian authorities, requesting priority be given to efforts to criminalize “homophobia.”

The letter was signed by GT/UNAIDS and its members: USAID, UNHCR, ILO, UN Women, CDCs, PAHO/WHO, UNDP, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, and UNODC. Other signatories include the Brazilian Ministry of Health, the Human Rights Special Secretariat of the Brazilian Presidency, and ABGLT, the largest homosexualist group in Brazil.
 
The letter warns about a major AIDS epidemic in Brazil, saying that while HIV affects 0.6% of the general population, among men that have sex with men the rate is higher: more than 10% of the Brazilian gay community has been plagued by HIV.
 
The letter says that the main culprit of the high HIV prevalence among homosexuals is high levels of violence against them, and that prejudices against homosexuality are a strong hindrance on AIDS prevention programs. As evidence, the letter mentions a 2008 study by the Perseu Abramo Foundation saying that “92% of the Brazilian population recognizes that there is a strong prejudice against homosexuality.”
 
The Perseu Abramo Foundation is linked to the socialist Workers’ Party of Dilma Rousseff, which has occupied the executive branch and predominates in the legislature in Brazil.
 
The study tested the Brazilian population for “homophobia” by asking people to comment on such statements as “God made men and women with different sexes so that they could fulfill their role and have children.” The 92% of Brazilians who agreed partially or completely with the statement were labeled “homophobic.”
 
Based on the overall results of the study, the Brazilian government determined that 99% of its citizens were “homophobic,” and therefore should be reeducated.
 
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Hindus And Muslims Most Likely To Abstain From Premarital Sex According To New Study

October 29th, 2012 Jill Posted in AIDS, Marriage, sex Comments Off

By Jeanie Groh, Huffington Post

With their "True Love Waits" jewelry, conferences and T-shirts, Christians may be the face of the abstinence movement, but Muslims and Hindus are more likely to abstain from premarital sex.

That's the conclusion of a new study in the American Sociological Review, which also found that Muslims and Hindus — at least in the developing world — are more likely than Christians and Jews to refrain from extramarital sex.

"All major world religions discourage sex outside of marriage, but they are not all equally effective in shaping behavior," said Amy Adamczyk of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, who co-authored the study with John Jay doctoral student Brittany E. Hayes.

Drawing on the Demographic and Health Surveys funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the study included data from 31 developing nations collected between 2000 and 2008. The authors focused on individuals' responses to questions on religious affiliation, marital status, and sexual behavior outside of marriage.

Adamczyk said the study evolved from another study she was doing that found countries with large Muslim populations have very low rates of HIV and AIDS. "I was trying to figure out why that would be," she said. One reason she considered was lower rates of sex outside of marriage.

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