Mind blowing article. Read this. I mean it; read it:
Threat of world Aids pandemic among heterosexuals is over, report admits.
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.
How can this be? What happened to the threat?
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.Ok, yeah, I also had a good laugh over that name. Kevin de Cock? Oy. But apparently, he's a real senior official of the World Health Organization. And he's telling us that sexually active heterosexuals in the United States are not at risk for aids anymore. Yup, this is HUGE.
So what happened? What has changed? Why aren't heterosexuals at risk? I mean, no one is truly safe, yes? Anyone remember this?
Um, could it be that maybe, just maybe, (hold the hate email), heterosexuals (outside of Africa) were never at risk? That major fundraising efforts for this horrible disease exaggerated the risk to non-homosexual and non-intravenous drug users, in order to panic the general population into donating gajillions of dollars to stop the disease, because they felt they personally were at risk? After all, how many heterosexuals would have dipped deep into their wallets had the high-risk groups been restricted to homosexuals, intravenous drug users and Africans? Maybe some. I don't think many.
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, spending it on the wrong measures such as abstinence programmes rather than condoms, and failing to build up health systems.And further...
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.That's fascinating. So by diverting attention from the people who are truly high risk for aids, and pouring money into prevention programs for people who really weren't at high risk, they might have actually harmed true aids victims in high risk groups.
I keep thinking about all the tv shows and movies I've seen that showed heterosexual people dying of aids, and how frightening they were to me. But that's Hollywood. I did a quick google on aids statistics and found that (admittedly not knowing at all how reliable this source is,) in 1985, when that Life magazine article came out, the number of American aids cases attributed to heterosexual transmission was 2.5 percent. But heterosexuals were all at high risk, yes? No one was safe.
Look, this isn't an anti-gay thing. I have no stake in promoting hate against gay people. This isn't a judgement. I've always said that I just don't care who anyone sleeps with privately, and I stand by that. Human beings are human beings. And frankly, I'm not the Boss of the World. But that doesn't mean that we are all equally at risk for the same disease, or even that some of us are at risk at all. Why is bigoted to say that aids might be spread by some forms of homosexual behavior? Because we wish it weren't so? Because it offends our sensibilities? No. Enough of this crap already.
My head exploded when I read this article. I keep waiting for it to appear on the front page of the New York Times. I don't think it will.
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Keep this in mind the next time you hear somebody tell you how global warming is killing the planet.
Boy, I am gonna get some hate email now. But I don't care. I think this article and the WHO admission was important enough to get out there.
Parenthetically, let me just tell you this: I will publish any and all comments about this posting unless you 1) use obscenities 2) call me names without any reasoning and 3) rant and rave like a lunactic.