Skip to comments.Vancouver seeks to stem rising tide of syphilis among gay men
Posted on 11/21/2013 4:52:51 PM PST by Morgana
VANCOUVER, November 21, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In response to syphilis rates among Vancouver's homosexual/bisexual men having reached epidemic proportions, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has launch a new campaign aimed at stopping the spread of the highly contagious disease by distributing more condoms.
In what the Canadian Press describes as a "cheeky internet and poster campaign," Vancouver Coastal Health's "Health Initiative for Men" focuses on "What's trending in Vancouver?"
The VCH campaign answers its own question, "how do I protect myself?" by responding, the "regular use of condoms."
In June, Vancouver Coastal Health and the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) issued a warning that syphilis infections in homosexual and bisexual men have soared to their highest levels in more than 30 years in the Vancouver area.
According to the warning, 2012 saw 371 new cases of syphilis reported in British Columbia. Eighty percent of those cases were diagnosed in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, which stretches from Metro Vancouver northward along the coast to Bella Coola, and were confined almost entirely to the male homosexual community.
According to VCH's syphilis infection records, the disease was almost non-existent in the early 1990s, with only three infections, mostly associated with female prostitutes, reported in 1993. By 1997 the number of cases rose to 22, and then exploded as the disease shifted to the male homosexual community in the early 2000s.
Were encouraging men who have sex with men to become more aware about syphilis and to incorporate regular testing into their health care routine, advised Dr. Réka Gustafson, a medical health officer with VCH.
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Dr. Gustafson warned that, left untreated, syphilis can result in permanent blindness, hearing loss, deep bone pain, heart disorders, nervous system problems, neurological problems, and death. These symptoms, he said, can occur anywhere in the early to late stages of infection.
Common symptoms of syphilis include sores resembling bug bites, rashes on the palms and soles, fever, swollen lymph glands, and weight loss.
The BCCDC health advisory noted that syphilis also increases the risk of HIV infection.
In the VCH region, the report said 60 percent of syphilis cases are also HIV positive.
Syphilis spreads easily through any form of sexual contact, said Dr. Rich Lester, medical head of the BCCDCs Sexually Transmitted Infections/HIV division.
He cautioned that the symptoms of syphilis can be mistaken for other diseases, and that a belief in the practice of "safe sex" through the regular use of condoms can be fatal.
On top of that, syphilis may have no symptoms in the early stages and whatever symptoms do appear later on are often mistaken for other diseases, Dr. Lester said.
Condoms only work, some of the time, if one uses them. Most gay men don't even use them.
“Cheeky”? That’s part of the problem, right there.
Disease thrives in dens of deviancy. American homosexuals owe Africa an apology.
Somebody should warn Little Lindsey Graham to stay away from Vancouver until they get this under control.
The Butt Pirates don’t like condoms and they intimidated every attempt to fight the spread of venereal disease within their ranks, hence the widespread incidence of AIDS/HIV among that particular group of people.
Serves them right.
It is a very strange mindset to go looking for a deadly disease but it's there.
I think syphilis would be an improvement for him
Remember when we could have stopped AIDS by isolating a few gay men?
Remember when the Health Department used to track down the Typhoid Mary spreaders of STD’s?
Why cant these faggots stop being fudgepackers? then AIDS problem solved!
How could rational people be engaged in this sort of activity?
Oh, wait. These people are not rational, they are complete lunatics just like 90% of the Left Wingers, Democrats, Progressives, et al, et al.
One doesn’t need religious reasons to oppose homosexuality.
The unrestrained practice of it is a public health hazard. Homosexuals, particularly men, are at a much greater risk of disease, depression, suicide, addiction, and violence compared to the general population. it is simple statistics.
Contagious is when you sneeze and I'm caught in the spray. In other words I didn't do anything to catch whatever disease you have, Venereal diseases are communicable not contagious. That is, if I keep my pants on I won't get one.
Can it be spread through doorknobs? I’ll have to remember to wear long sleeve shirts and open doors with my elbows in Vancouver.
Distributing condoms ain’t gonna help. It’s a perverted lifestyle that digs doing perverted things anonymously, often, with drugs fueling the act.
Don’t be all judgey. They got that from their parents (or at least their grandparents).
Don't know. I wonder if it is at the pubic library.
Herpes Virus Found on Library Copies of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' (breitbart.com Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013)
This sounds like an environmental sewage crisis ....
"...Vancouver seeks to stem the rising tide of syphilis among gay men..."
In a sane world, the title would be "Homosexual men seek to stem the rising tide of syphilis in their community starting with themselves."This one title of a news article is a fascinating window into the mindset of liberals and homosexuals.
It is not the men themselves who can affect the outcome of their own situation. They are slaves to their passions and emotions. They are who they say they were born to be. They have no choice, no recourse, no escape.
In their world, their savior is The Government. Vancouver. Washington.
Think about it. That encapsulates and defines who they are. They believe they cannot save themselves from their own actions, but their government can.
That defines Liberalism in a nutshell.