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The Foggy Message of HIV Awareness Day


Once again this year (2013),the federal government agency that tracks disease in our country held an annual National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to raise awareness about the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States.

I am just going to quote portions of the press release that came out from the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control, about their reason for this day: 

"Gay and bisexual men of all races and ethnicities are still at the center of the HIV epidemic in the United States. Just 2% of the U.S. population, they accounted for 63% of all new HIV infections in 2010 and 52% of people living with HIV infection in the United States in 2009. From 2008 to 2010, the estimated number of new HIV infections rose 12% among MSM [males who have sex with males] overall and 22% among young MSM (aged 13 to 24 years); black MSM accounted for more than half of infections among young MSM in 2010. In fact, young black MSM [males who have sex with males] now account for more new infections than any other subgroup by race/ethnicity, age, or sex.

I'm still quoting here:

"CDC wants to reduce these numbers. We are working hand-in-hand with our many partners in communities across the country, and at the state and the national levels. …In 2012, CDC tailored funding for prevention efforts by providing $55 million over 5 years (2012 through 2017) to support community-led HIV prevention for young gay and bisexual men and transgender people of color…. 

"Basic prevention tools are still and will always be the first step and most effective if used. For sexually active gay and bisexual men who are HIV-negative, that means getting tested for HIV and sexually transmitted infections at least once a year and using condoms correctly and consistently. For sexually active gay and bisexual men who are living with HIV, that means using condoms correctly and consistently and being on effective antiretroviral therapy to stay healthy and reduce the risk of spreading HIV to partners."

Okay, so let's review. How is our federal disease-tracking agency combatting homosexually-caused HIV in this country, which accounts for about two thirds of all the HIV cases? Did you hear any mention in here at all of refraining from the behaviors that result in this disease? Or even more insightful, no one is born homosexual and you don't have to be involved in any of this? No, they are saying, use condoms and keep getting tested. Yes, it's a serious disease. But no, we at the CDC aren't going to pass judgment on any sexual activity out there, except just to help you manage it better, no matter what it costs you or other Americans. 

This same agency, the CDC, did not fight lung cancer with filtered cigarettes. They said, "Don't smoke." They mandated "Surgeon General's Warnings" on cigarette packages and still do. Where are the warnings on "gay" bathhouses? They don't exist. What the "gay" men who frequent those establishments will sometimes encounter are paid staff members from local AIDS non-profits, handing out condoms. This is called "outreach" and serves to satisfy some reports to the feds about the "effectiveness" of the use of taxpayer funds. 

Is America on a good path here? The state of science and health in this country sure seems to be moving away from objectivity and instead, is heavily influenced by special interest groups. The "gay" lobby has inappropriate input into policy at the CDC/HIV-AIDS division, making sure they keep a "sex-positive" attitude and keeping the local non-profit AIDS groups in cash while deflecting any real progress toward epidemic control. Isn't this what self-destructive cultures do? They race toward a cliff and call it by any name except what it is. Today, it's often called "progress." 

If nothing else, our CDC ought to be willing to convey a consistent and unchanging abstinence message to teen boys. And they ought to be willing to share the widespread knowledge that leaving homosexuality is absolutely possible. Thousands have done it. 

Yet another hallmark of an imploding culture is how recklessly the young are treated. At least, friends, if you are aware, you can educate others. Urge the health care professionals you know to keep upholding the truth, and insisting on its application, for the benefit of all Americans.