More than a quarter of new HIV infections in the U.S. occur among people ages 13 to 24, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What´s more, about 60% of those young people with HIV don´t know they have the virus. The release represents the most recent analyses by the CDC. It was timed to coincide with World AIDS Day, which is Dec. 1. According to the CDC, about 12,200 young Americans became infected with HIV in 2010, with African Americans representing more than half of those newly infected.
Comments: With the new 0bamaCare coming in, will there be a drain on financial resources because the recipients are mostly young black males, practicing "unsafe sex," that makes their costly disease totally preventable? It seems unimaginable today in America that any sexually active person is not aware of AIDS or how to mostly prevent it.
AIDS is virtually unknown among straight, white, non-drug using teens. Per the article, 6,000 of the 12,000 infected are African-Americans, gays are "hit particularly hard," and my guess is that most of the rest are druggies.
So of course the answer is to test those at very little risk of infection.
Once infected, one is HIV-positive for life whether they are tested or not. If caught early, it can be treated and the complications known as AIDS can be prevented.
Although we may think smugly that it can´t happen to a straight, white, non-drug-user, we cannot be absolutely sure that that child has not had sexual contact with an infected person.
Testing can be done by one´s family doctor. That seems to be the prudent way to go. If a person ever needs a blood tranfusion, or has to have their blood tested for any reason, HIV will out. Better sooner than later.
More than 50% of teenaged black girls in D.C. have at least one STD. There´s a whole lot of lovin´ goin´ on. (Watch an episode of Maury Povich, with the dna testing ´who´s the daddy´ and you will see some teenaged girls, mostly blacks, who become pregnant at age 14, 15, or 16, and have several boys tested without ever finding the father. And too often, when the dna does id the father, the girl will dance around in a most vulgar fashion, sometimes sticking her butt into the face of the boy, then doing a bump and grind routine. We are a part of an ever increasing vulgarity culture, and the black subculture contaminates the rest...
They´ve all been told that condoms prevent disease...but in reality they are not always effective...AND...as long as you (attempt to)prevent the unwanted pregnancy through "free" contraception...Anything goes.
Forget about teaching them self respect. Forget about teaching them that using others or allowing yourself to be used damages most human beings-self worth.
Most of all forget about teaching them that abstaining until they are responsible people with a reasonable chance of success and a committed partner can lead to a happy life and the freedom of not wondering who the father of your child may be, (sorry Maury) or wondering if you have contracted a debilitating or fatal disease.
Waaay back in the day, I remember the Nun´s teaching us that God tells us to "wait" in order to preserve our dignity and guarantee that we would have "peace of mind." I didn´t really know what that meant at the time but I followed the rules and when my children were born in the early 80´s, right about the time we were becoming aware of AIDS, I did have peace of mind knowing that by denying those urges...I had not unknowingly passed a fatal disease to my children
Studies like this do not support the conclusion they advertise, that HIV infected people do not know they are infected. Some of them certainly do and are denying it to researchers just as they do to potential sex partners. There is no simple scientific method to determine whether someone knows they are HIV positive or not. Just asking them and writing down the answer as though it were valid scientific data is ludicrous.
Everyone knows by know what causes AIDS, how to avoid it, and how to get tested for it. Those who are HIV positive and are lying to researchers about not knowing it constitute one subgroup; the remainder consists of those who do not want to know whether they are HIV positive.
It is ironic that politically correct epidemiology has swung 180 degrees. In the beginning of the AIDS epidemic standard STD testing and reporting protocols were outlawed lest homosexuals feel discriminated against. Countless people died needlessly because AIDS was not handled the way other infectious STDs have been handled, i.e. by routine testing, reporting and case tracking. People could not even be tested for HIV without a signed consent form. Case tracking and finding were, and may still be, non-existent. Now we are being told that EVERYBODY gotta get tested for HIV, which is yet more unscientific politically correct nonsense.
"Harm reduction" assumes there is no use telling people not to engage in high risk behaviors at the same time it proposes to educate them about how to avoid the consequences of such behaviors.
Sixty million morons voted to re-elect Bath House Barry to the highest office in the land. The young, black, homosexual, promiscuous AIDS-infected crowd are just following in the footsteps of their Fearless Leader.
Have to interject some truth here. Someone close to me used to work for the local chain of HIV/AIDS clinics. Her home town, Montgomery, Alabama, has the highest rate per thousand of KNOWN cases in the USA. A source of civic pride? And some, many in fact, persons do NOT know, and were NOT slutting around. When hubby is trolling the hookers on Mobile Highway truck stops, picks up a "gift that keeps on giving", and brings it home to pass on to her, how is she at fault? And it happens, it really does. And sometime the vector is the other way, but in either case, there can occasionally be a truly innocent party. Again, it does happen, and we know some specific examples. Yes, it would be good if people would find other forms of entertainment than the horizontal bop with strangers. But judging from recent comments in this gracious salon, such behavior is not restricted to the teen set.
The HIV virus creates no symptoms. The first sign of this disease was when a doctor in San Francisco noticed a cluster of gay men who had the same unusual pneumonia. The discovery of the HIV virus itself came later. The pneumonis was one of the "opportunistic diseases" that those with immune systems weakened by the HIV virus contracted.
Many have not found out they had the virus until they contracted an opportunistic disease or gave blood for a test or for donation. HIV itself is asymptomatic. Without symptoms.
Re #12, should have said that the virus creates no symptoms for at least the first month or two. At that point there can be flu-like symptoms, but they may be so mild that they go virtually unnoticed or are passed off as the flu.
During this time the infected person can be passing the virus on to others.
World AIDS day must be coming up. Be prepared for a slew of victimhood-geared press releases from the AIDS industry. It happens every year. Fundraising and victimhood notions go hand-in-hand in that industry.
Shifts in climate are strongly linked to increases in violence around the world, a study suggests. US scientists found that even small changes in temperature or rainfall correlated with a rise in assaults, rapes and murders, as well as group conflicts and war. The team says with the current projected levels of climate change, the world is likely to become a more violent place. The study is published in Science. (Snip) Their examples include an increase in domestic violence in India during recent droughts, and a spike in assaults, rapes and murders during heatwaves in the US.
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has vowed in a video released Wednesday to break out Muslim prisoners from US penitentiaries and the heavily fortified compound for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The blustery threat to retaliate for US "crimes" against al-Qaeda warriors was probably inspired by recent attacks on prisons in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan that freed more than 2000 detainees, many of them allied with the global terrorism network that has been headed by Mr al-Zawahiri since the 2011 assassination of its founder, Osama bin Laden.
President Barack Obama is returning to The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Obama will appear on the Aug. 6 broadcast of NBC´s late-night talker, which would mark his sixth time and the fourth appearance since becoming president. According to NBC, Obama plans to discuss jobs initiatives and the economy during his visit. Previous Tonight Show appearances were Dec. 1, 2006; Oct. 17, 2007; March 19, 2009 — marking the first time a current president appeared on a late-night talker; Oct. 25, 2011; and Oct. 24, 2012. Obama has made the late-night rounds over the years,
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Most fishermen are guilty of the odd photobrag, but none can match this bloke´s cockiness. The Victorian fisherman celebrated catching a huge shark by climbing inside the gutted fish, poking his arm through its gills and posing for a joke shot with his knife buried between its eyes. In a world where every angler is pictured next to his prize catch with a thumbs up, it´s becoming increasingly difficult for intrepid fishermen to stand out. But this guy - let´s call him the Shark Slayer - certainly managed it. ´Arch´, who works at the Metung Hotel in Gippsland, was present when the photo was taken.
Washington - U.S. spy agencies plan to release newly declassified documents as early as this week about the National Security Agency surveillance programs revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden, and also material related to a secret intelligence court, a U.S. intelligence official said on Tuesday. (Snip) The documents would also include information about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the official said. That court operates in secrecy in making decisions on government surveillance requests. The Washington Post reported late Tuesday that senior U.S. officials said one of the orders
Washington - President Barack Obama has asked two senior Republican senators to travel to Egypt to meet with its military leaders and the opposition, as Cairo´s allies struggle with how to address the turmoil convulsing the country. (Snip) U.S. officials have been grappling with how to respond to the situation in Egypt since its elected Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, was ousted by the military on July 3. In particular, they have struggled with how to handle the $1.55 billion in mostly military aid Washington sends to Cairo each year. Egypt has long been an important U.S. ally
In a significant victory for law enforcement, a federal appeals court on Tuesday said that government authorities could extract historical location data directly from telecommunications carriers without a search warrant. The closely watched case, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, is the first ruling that squarely addresses the constitutionality of warrantless searches of historical location data stored by cellphone service providers. Ruling 2 to 1, the court said a warrantless search was “not per se unconstitutional” because location data was “clearly a business record”
Washington - Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators would convene again in the Middle East within two weeks and that their goal would be to work out a comprehensive peace agreement within nine months that would lead to an independent Palestinian state. (Snip) “Our objective will be to achieve a final status agreement over the course of the next nine months,” Mr. Kerry said. “We all understand the goal that we’re working towards: two states living side by side in peace and security.” As they resume peace talks that have been moribund since 2010,
Three former high-ranking Penn State officials, including the university’s former president, Graham B. Spanier, were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges that they were part of a cover-up related to the child sexual abuse scandal involving the former football coach Jerry Sandusky. After a two-day preliminary hearing this week, Harrisburg District Judge William Werner decided there was enough evidence against Spanier, the retired university vice president Gary Schultz and the former athletic director Tim Curley to proceed with a trial, which could start later this year.
Anti-Christian extremist groups like the ACLU, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and People for the American Way hate God. They also hate America. True America. These "progressive" outfits - along with like-minded politicos, judges, Hollywood elitists and left-wing media-types - hate that this great nation was expressly founded upon the bedrock precepts of the Judeo-Christian tradition. And so, in response, they lash out. They endeavor first to raze our God-blessed America, and then raise, from the rubble, a godless America fashioned in their own secular-socialist self-image.
Last week, Utah Sen. Mike Lee (R.) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), “informing Senator Reid that we will not vote for a continuing resolution that funds Obamacare,” risking a government shutdown if Lee’s objectives are not achieved. While eleven other Senate Republicans have signed on to Lee’s letter, other Republicans are denouncing the move in surprisingly direct language. “It’s not an achievable strategy…and it’s dishonest,” said Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.). “It’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard of,” added Sen. Richard Burr (R., N.C.).
Colin Powell has admitted to exchanging ´very personal´ emails with a Romanian diplomat but denies having an affair with the much younger woman after a hacker threatened to release their intimate messages. The 76-year-old retired general told the Smoking Gun that he met Corina Cretu, 45, roughly 10 years ago when she was working as an assistant to the president of Romania. She is now a member of the European Parliament. ´After I left the Department of State in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email,´ he told TSG.
CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya. Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret. CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy
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American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
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The administration has popped the bubble of hope some small business had that switching to part-time staff would let them escape the high costs of Obamacare. The Small Business Administration on Thursday created a website to explain to businesses that the government will simply tally up the number of part-time employees firms have to determine if enough hours have been worked to essentially create a "full-time equivalent." Some smaller businesses had thought that if they could get under the 50 full-time employee cap that activates Obamacare by cutting full-time workers and hiring more part-time workers they would escape
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Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested on Friday morning that the tea party movement is comprised of the same types of people who fought against the civil rights movement during the 1960s. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Rangel said of the movement: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. He added that the tea party movement can be defeated similar to how the civil rights movement eradicated Jim Crow mentality: “It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused
The nation´s most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of phenobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn´t immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. "We will be unable to use our current supply of phenobarbital after it expires," agency spokesman Jason Clark said. "We are exploring all options at this time."
Congressional investigators this week released emails suggesting that staff at the Federal Election Commission have been engaged in their own conservative targeting, with help from the IRS´s infamous Lois Lerner. This means more than just an expansion of the probe to the FEC. It´s a new link to the Obama team. In May this column noted that the targeting of conservatives started in 2008, when liberals began a coordinated campaign of siccing the federal government on political opponents. The Obama campaign helped pioneer this tactic. In late summer of 2008, Obama lawyer Bob Bauer took