Friday, November 18, 2005

Unhealthy lifestyle

"HIV rate rises 8 percent among gay, bisexual men"

HIV infections among homosexual and bisexual men in the United States rose 8 percent last year, after remaining relatively stable the three previous years, new federal data show. The increase for the virus that causes AIDS compares with average annual declines of 4 percent among heterosexuals and 9 percent among intravenous-drug users from 2001 to 2004, according to a report in this week's issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.
This reflects a sad state of affairs for people leading a high-risk lifestyle.

"By transmission category, men who have sex with men continued to account for the largest number of [HIV] diagnoses overall" between 2001 and 2004, comprising 44 percent of the total caseload and 61 percent of male infections, according to the report, which tracked trends in HIV/AIDS diagnoses in 33 states. Of the 157,252 persons diagnosed with the virus in that period, 112,106 were men and 45,146 were women. More than 68,400 men acknowledged having had sex with other men.
For years, authorities have advised using protection to stop the transmission of the HIV virus. what they don't do is counsel behavioral changes, which are a certain solution to preventing viral transmission.

Rambix frequently discusses the adverse effects of political correctness - talking around the problems rather than to them. The above article is an example of the fallout of that approach.