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.
The same is true here in the U.S. I looked up the CDC statistics a couple years back after reading a story about gay men wanting the blood donation ban against them dropped. It was staggering the difference between gay men and other groups in terms of the rates of infection for both HIV and syphilis.
No less than two-thirds or so of all new HIV and syphilis cases each year are gay and bi men. Adjusted by percentage of population (i.e. taking into account that 2-3% of the population accounts for 2/3’s of the new infections) the risk is exponentially greater.
I’ve also read that among many young gay males, there is no longer a fear of HIV/AIDS. There was an article about it on FR a few years back. The general attitude being “oh, well, if I get HIV I can just go on the AIDS cocktail.”
I truly do not understand that sort of mentality. HIV can still kill, and syphilis is no picnic.
well there was that one thingy dont let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya
So is Mother Nature, science, reason, the entire field of statistics, common sense, and the CDC and FDA.
Isolating or eradicating the vector would have gone a long way towards making HIV/AIDS a rare disorder.
That’s what Cuba did.
But they aren’t as homosexually tolerant as ourselves.
“stopping the spread of the highly contagious disease by distributing more condoms.”
Would probably work better if they were instructed on how to use them. Filling them with water and having fights with them will probably not reduce the infection rate although it may clean up the unwashed masses of gays.
***Distributing condoms aint gonna help. ***
I’ve read that the HIV virus is so small it will pass right through the latex molecules in a condom.
It was known in the early '80s that AIDs was basically a male homosexual disease that could be halted by the use of condoms and stopping of unprotected, rampant sex. The news was greeted with scorn and derision by homosexual activists who demanded a cure for their disease and refused to accept the common sense prescription that would have drastically halted the spread of the disease.
I'm not so upset about the homos who dared death and lost. I'm more upset about the thousands of innocent people who were killed by these sexual lunatics through tainted blood transfusions and sometimes outright homicide. That's why among our nation's enemies, I regard homosexual activists as being near the top.
Easily solved. Stop putting your peckers in the sewage pipe.
Feel sorry for the wives of bi-sexuals who get AIDS from their Fudge packed husband.
Those people too. Of course, while Big Lib Media tallied up the amount of homos killed by the disease, they rarely mentioned all the innocent non-homos who lost their lives due to the homos’ reckless behavior. And then the homos had the nerve to blame Reagan for the deaths caused by their own actions. I thoroughly despise these people.
Homos are reservoirs of sexually transmitted diseases: gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, HPV, chancroid, hepatitis B and C, and... drum roll... Acquired (or Human) Immunodeficiency Virus.
Let’s think about those words. Acquired Immunodeficiency. This means the immune system has been made deficient by repeated illnesses acquired by the human host. It is now vulnerable to a fatal infection that finishes off the immune system by destroying the white (RACIST!) blood cells that normally protect the body against infection.
In simple terms, the fudge packers have destroyed their own immune systems because of their deviant sexual practices that cause them to contract multiple illnesses. I feel no pity for them - they did this to themselves of their own free will. They have been warned for years that the result of these sexual practices would be death and yet they persist. It is not normal behavior for humans - or animals - to continue to engage in activities that they know will kill them. They have a very real death wish and they want us to accept that and consider it normal and find a cure for their viral illnesses so that they can continue to engage in their perversions. That’s pretty messed up, eh?