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25 years later, and AIDS is still killing
VICTORIA ADVOCATE ^ | September 27, 2007 | GABE SEMENZA

Posted on 09/28/2007 6:18:05 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch

300 cases are estimated to be in Victoria area

Twenty-five years after AIDS was formally given a name, Texas and the rest of the country still fail to designate the money needed to prevent it and HIV, a Dallas representative said on Wednesday.

It's one reason why infection rates are on the rise, especially among women, Rep. Rafael Anchia, a Democrat, told the Dallas Urban League on Wednesday.

Anchia's remarks reverberated to Victoria, and to an area that's estimated to have more than 300 patients with HIV/AIDS.

"Despite the fact we've had 25 years of experience with this disease, something is wrong with how we're approaching it," Anchia said by phone, just hours after his speech. "Instead of seeing declines in infection rates, we've seen increases."

There are an estimated 1.2 million in the U.S. with HIV/AIDS, Anchia said. Almost 300,000 don't know they have it.

In Victoria, Hispanics are most at risk, a local health department manager said.

An additional 40,000 people a year are newly diagnosed with the illness nationwide, Anchia said. African American male teens and Hispanic females are most impacted.

"It's an issue of significance that's talked about too little," he said.

The representative presides over a Dallas district that is comprised primarily of minorities, a group, he said, that is made up largely of those with low incomes.

Like low-income groups in Victoria, such people often rely on free or subsidized health care.

"Federal funding has been cut, it seems, almost systematically so that fewer people are being tested for AIDS," Anchia said. "The federal dollars for testing serve low-income populations."

Paul Kelliher is the special services manager for the Victoria City-County Health Department. His staff received $114,000 in funding to counsel and test the first 1,500 people who walk through his doors over the next 16 months.

But they always need more funding, he said.

About 100 people in the seven-country Crossroads have been diagnosed HIV/AIDS, and the majority live in Victoria, Kelliher said.

But because others with HIV/AIDS have private insurance, or travel elsewhere for care, it's thought that number could be as great as 300.

Anchia believes this is disturbing, especially considering his remarks were also made on the one-year anniversary of recommendations made by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC hopes to make HIV screening routine and voluntary, a normal part of medical practice.

So, why, after 25 years, hasn't HIV/AIDS testing become routine at doctors' offices and hospitals?

"I don't know," Kelliher said. "To me, it's just good, common sense. It's like going in to have your annual checkup."

Anchia said budgetary constraints, and the stigma of the illness, are part of the problem. Most don't worry about HIV/AIDS, and instead focus on heart health and cancer.

"We have not maintained the same focus on HIV and AIDS awareness and education as we had in the 1980s," he said. "But last year we spent $3.5 billion to tackle cancer over 10 years."

Gabe Semenza is a reporter for the Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6519 or gsemenza@vicad.com, or comment on this story here.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aids; homosexualagenda; riskybehavior
"About 100 people in the seven-country Crossroads have..."

I think you meant seven county Crossroads area, Gabe.

1 posted on 09/28/2007 6:18:08 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
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To: SwinneySwitch
Twenty-five years after AIDS was formally given a name, Texas and the rest of the country still fail to designate the money needed to prevent it and HIV...

Money will do squat, if you'll pardon the expression.

2 posted on 09/28/2007 6:21:11 PM PDT by decimon
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To: SwinneySwitch
Anyone in this country with an IQ over 70 knows how to avoid getting AIDS and yet people are still getting it.Given this fact I have trouble feeling sympathy for anyone but newborns who contract it.
3 posted on 09/28/2007 6:21:35 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If martyrdom is so cool,why does Osama Obama go to such great lengths to avoid it?)
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To: SwinneySwitch

AIDS is virtually 100% preventable. Doesn’t cost a dime, either.


4 posted on 09/28/2007 6:22:00 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
"Despite the fact we've had 25 years of experience with this disease, something is wrong with how we're approaching it,"

Yup, bonehead.

How about the concept of keeping ones manhood out of the human orifice for getting rid of all the crap (literally) your body doesn't need.

5 posted on 09/28/2007 6:26:32 PM PDT by Popman
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To: SwinneySwitch

People make choices.


6 posted on 09/28/2007 6:26:51 PM PDT by Sig Sauer P220
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To: SwinneySwitch
They want a way to prevent it besides personal responsibility.
7 posted on 09/28/2007 6:28:04 PM PDT by Millee (Tagline free since 10/20/06)
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To: decimon
They have a point, Texas has not allocated the money for the isolation camps required to keep those who have this deadly disease away from the general population.

Unfortunately, I think their solution involves free condoms for fifth graders and a gay awareness month.

8 posted on 09/28/2007 6:30:26 PM PDT by chaos_5 (... I'm just another angry white male ...)
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To: SwinneySwitch
So, why, after 25 years, hasn't HIV/AIDS testing become routine at doctors' offices and hospitals?

Let me try to answer that. What good would testing do? The people who are determined to distribute aids and those who are anxious to get it will go about their business as normal (maybe that should be abnormal) without regard to test results. Now if those found with aids or HIV were to be isolated from the normal population I would support testing.

9 posted on 09/28/2007 6:32:50 PM PDT by FreePaul
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To: SwinneySwitch
25 years later, and AIDS is still killing

It's too bad that the JAMA article from the late 1980s (with COLOR PHOTOS)
of the autopsied esophageal tissues of HIV+ young males in San Francisco wasn't put on television as Public Service Announcement.
10 posted on 09/28/2007 6:43:51 PM PDT by VOA
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To: SwinneySwitch

AIDS is Reagans fault /sarcasm


11 posted on 09/28/2007 6:45:26 PM PDT by JackDanielsOldNo7 (On guard until the seal is broken)
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To: decimon
Twenty-five years after AIDS was formally given a POLITICALLY CORRECT name,

"AIDS" was originally called "GRID", which was an acronym for "Gay Related Immune Deficiency". It originally manifested itself in an extremely high rate of Kaposi's Sarcoma, an otherwise very rare skin cancer.

12 posted on 09/28/2007 6:46:10 PM PDT by Don W (I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

but it is not politically correct, and even discriminatory against some sexual preference codes to promote the preventative care that is guaranteed to remove it from society.


13 posted on 09/28/2007 6:47:42 PM PDT by elpadre
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To: SwinneySwitch
Despite the fact we've had 25 years of experience with this disease, something is wrong with how we're approaching it

Funny thing, but this is the single most preventable disease there is. No drugs, No sex until marriage and remain monogamous.

If this prescription is followed one has reduced one's exposure to a minuscule risk. If society as a whole would promote this prescription, AIDS would be defeated in a generation, not to mention most venereal disease, bastard children, gang violence, the welfare crisis, and etcetera.

Like silly children we rebel against that which God has told us is good, that which we can see with our own eyes. Yet we go on despite that knowledge because sexual freedom must be protected at all costs.

14 posted on 09/28/2007 6:57:01 PM PDT by roamer_1 (Vote for FrudyMcRomson -Turn red states purple in 08!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

I guess you all have forgotten what it is like to be a teenager in lust, thinking you will live forever and that nothing will hurt you. Crosses all lines, Christian and Buddhists, young and old, rich and poor.

Be careful before you make such prideful announcements - you may have to deal with it in your own families.


15 posted on 09/28/2007 6:59:51 PM PDT by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Anyone in this country with an IQ over 70 knows how to avoid getting AIDS and yet people are still getting it. Given this fact I have trouble feeling sympathy for anyone but newborns who contract it.

Why even have compassion on newborns?
A doctor, dentist or health worker can contract it from a patient.
People can get AIDS from a blood transfusion.
A person can go out and mess around ONE TIME and contract AIDS.
Guess you think people should be celebate Nuns or they deserve whatever happens to them.

Guess if you get heart disease from eating fast foods or a sedentary life style, or skin cancer from spending too much time at the beach etc etc, nobody should have any compassion for you either. Right.

16 posted on 09/28/2007 7:08:52 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: SwinneySwitch
25 years later, and AIDS is still killing

Alternate headline: 25 years later and the fudgepacking continues unabated.

17 posted on 09/28/2007 7:09:34 PM PDT by jdm
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To: decimon
Money will do squat, if you'll pardon the expression.

You wouldn't say that if you were one of the poor families in 3rd world countries being helped by US AIDS funds.

Money has produced meds that allow people with AIDS to live and remain productive and contributing members of society for many many years now.

Money has helped millions around the world including children left without parents because of this disease.

God bless George Bush and other world leaders who've had the compassion to contribute funds toward battling this disease around the world.

18 posted on 09/28/2007 7:18:51 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: SwinneySwitch

Kill one Typhoid Mary today or a million twenty years from now...


19 posted on 09/28/2007 7:27:38 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: roamer_1

“Sit down and shut up” works pretty good.


20 posted on 09/28/2007 7:29:06 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

“Texas and the rest of the country still fail to designate the money needed to prevent it and HIV,”

The easiest disease in the world to prevent....and it doesn’t cost a dime.


21 posted on 09/28/2007 7:33:28 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: Jorge
A doctor, dentist or health worker can contract it from a patient.

Yes,but it's quite rare...so rare as to be almost unworthy of mention.

People can get AIDS from a blood transfusion.

Although that was once a fairly common method of transmission,today it's even more rare than transmission to health care workers.

A person can go out and mess around ONE TIME and contract AIDS.

So that one bit of "fun" was worth a fatal disease? Are we so animalistic that we can't over-rule our hormones in order to save our lives?

Guess you think people should be celebate Nuns or they deserve whatever happens to them.

Every one of our actions have consequences.Some actions have more serious consequences than others.

22 posted on 09/28/2007 7:33:48 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If martyrdom is so cool,why does Osama Obama go to such great lengths to avoid it?)
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To: Jorge

Transmission rate to health care workers is negligible...

Seroconversion rates are on the order of <1% with an infected needle stick.


23 posted on 09/28/2007 7:35:54 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

“Women and children (and men who behave like women and children) hardest hit.”


24 posted on 09/28/2007 7:37:38 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (No Third Term For Bill Clinton!)
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To: Jorge
You wouldn't say that if you were one of the poor families in 3rd world countries being helped by US AIDS funds.

Actually, the political elites in those third world countries have figured out how to milk the bovine American government by calling lots of things "AIDS" that have nothing to do with it. More AIDS = more money.

Meanwhile the "poor families" stay poor because 1) they don't get the money, and 2) outside aid actually prevents the development of local infrastructure.

25 posted on 09/28/2007 7:45:12 PM PDT by thulldud
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To: Gay State Conservative
"A person can go out and mess around ONE TIME and contract AIDS."

So that one bit of "fun" was worth a fatal disease?

Of course not.

Going to the beach is not worth catch skin cancer either.

That doesn't give self-righteous pharisees the right to preach the condemnation and prohibition of any compassion towards those who caught a disease due to a lapse in judgement during their life time.

I STILL feel compassion toward those who catch cancer from smoking, heart disease from eating fast food and AIDS from promiscuous behavior.

And I hope God shows me mercy and compassion for my shortcomings.

26 posted on 09/28/2007 7:47:44 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: SwinneySwitch

100’s of years and somethin’ is wrong with the way cancer patients are being treated.


27 posted on 09/28/2007 7:47:57 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Hepatitis C gets far less money thrown at it and kills as many or more. Anyone who went through the air gun injection gauntlet in the military should get checked.


28 posted on 09/28/2007 7:56:34 PM PDT by the_daug
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To: thulldud
Actually, the political elites in those third world countries have figured out how to milk the bovine American government by calling lots of things "AIDS" that have nothing to do with it. More AIDS = more money.

OMG. This is horrible.

29 posted on 09/28/2007 7:56:42 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: SwinneySwitch
"Twenty-five years and AIDS is still Killing"

How can this be? Wasn't Clinton the President from 1993-2001? Surely he could have cured AIDS... right?

30 posted on 09/28/2007 7:59:00 PM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("You ask, 'What is our aim?' I can answer in one word: VICTORY - victory - at all costs...")
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To: SwinneySwitch
AIDS is like the 10-15th most infectious disease and has been given more money than most for research. My mom died of pancreatic cancer, a cancer with no cure or effective treatment for remission. I’m curious how much dough goes for this type of cancer. I’m sick to death hearing about AIDS when, in most cases, the disease is avoidable. Sorry to rant, but I have a big problem with this issue.
31 posted on 09/28/2007 8:02:45 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: Jorge
A person can go out and mess around ONE TIME and contract AIDS.
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I’ve gotten the feeling that this is not so. When I was 20 or 21 I came down with mono. This has been about 20 years ago. My family doctor did the blood test and told me I tested positive for mono. I then asked him if I should be tested for aids just in case...since the symptoms to me seemed to be the same.

He stared right into my eyes for a few seconds and said “are you gay?” I said no. He said “have you ever been gay?” I said no. He said “Have you ever experimented with being gay?” I said no. He said “Do you use drugs?” I said no. He said “Do you sleep around alot?” I said no. He said “There’s no reason to be tested then.” I said “But they say it only takes one time unprotected to get it”. He said “no, forget about it. You don’t have it. Quit being a hypochondriac”.

He then went on to explain to me that regular people just don’t get aids. It takes a combination of poor choices to get it. First you need a lifestyle that depletes your immune system, then you need a promiscuous sex life. That means you need to be an alcoholic or drug addict or someone that eats and sleeps irregularly or all of the above and also have intercourse with high risk individuals, like gays or prostitutes or strippers or such. He also told me that every time you get tested for something it goes in your permanent record and your insurance judges you accordingly regardless if you tested positive or negative.

So I never got tested. Apparently he was right since I’m still very much healthy.

32 posted on 09/28/2007 8:13:20 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: SwinneySwitch

AIDS is still killing because some people are still doing the stupid things that will get them infected. I have great sympathy and compassion for the innocent that gets the disease because of another’s duplicity. Not so much for these guys that go to barebacking parties.


33 posted on 09/28/2007 8:15:11 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: Jorge
I STILL feel compassion toward those who catch ...AIDS from promiscuous behavior.

Do you still feel compassion for those same people when they accuse you of not working to prevent their infection, have public marches in our biggest cities proclaiming this, infer that this indifference is part of a conspiracy to destroy them, and then STILL insist on their right to CONTINUE in their promiscuous behavior, all the while demanding that YOU foot the exorbitant medical bill for their life-long treatment?

This article is talking about Texas, a developed, educated society in which AIDS awareness is extant in public discussion. The article is written for the Advocate, a pro-gay, activist rag.

34 posted on 09/28/2007 8:17:56 PM PDT by fwdude
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To: fwdude
My apologies - The Advocate mentioned in the last citation was referring to the Victoria Advocate - not the scandalous periodical I originally mistook it for.
35 posted on 09/28/2007 8:23:22 PM PDT by fwdude
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To: mamelukesabre
"A person can go out and mess around ONE TIME and contract AIDS." ~~~~~~~~~~~~ I’ve gotten the feeling that this is not so. When I was 20 or 21 I came down with mono. This has been about 20 years ago.

Yikes! I had mono too. When I was 18 or 19 years old. I was walking around with it for weeks and didn't know what was wrong with me.

They quarantined me for over a month!

Luckily I had friends bringing me pot etc to make my time in isolation more bearable :)

He then went on to explain to me that regular people just don’t get aids. It takes a combination of poor choices to get it.

With all due respect your doctor is a fool.

All it takes is ONE instance of making a "poor choice" or a lapse in judgment to contract HIV.

It was completely irresponsible of him to deny you a test when you requested it.

People can contract HIV and show NO symptoms for more than 15 years.

36 posted on 09/28/2007 8:27:26 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: Jorge

George Bush does not have the Constitutional authority to spend taxpayer money on AIDS or any other charity. Charitable giving is a private function, not a government function. The government takes from you by force of arms, penalty of imprisonment or death - that taking oughtn’t to be for merely getting the afflicted to smile for the camera.


37 posted on 09/28/2007 8:33:10 PM PDT by GregoryFul (is a bear a bomb in a bull?)
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To: GregoryFul
George Bush does not have the Constitutional authority to spend taxpayer money on AIDS or any other charity.

That's too bad.
He did it anyway.

38 posted on 09/28/2007 8:35:37 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: SwinneySwitch

Umm Hmmm.

If people kept their business in their pants for a while and avoided drugs, would AIDS continue to increase or would AIDS begin to decrease?

AIDS is not a germ or a virus. AIDS is an infection passed on via bad behavior. People who suffer AIDS have contracted it because they have really poor behavior patterns.


39 posted on 09/28/2007 8:40:03 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: Jorge
With all due respect your doctor is a fool.

Are you a doctor? Or are you just clairvoyant regarding mamelukesabre's doctor's relationship and familiarity with his patient? Mamelukesabre explained that he was exhaustively interview by his doctor, who had already examined him and diagnosed him with mono.

The point is well made that those who contract AIDS are overwhelmingly promiscuous, having tens or even hundreds of different partners, often anonymous, in short spans of time, and live otherwise very risky lifestyles. Multiple risk factors ARE key to getting the disease.

40 posted on 09/28/2007 8:41:29 PM PDT by fwdude
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To: SwinneySwitch
25 years later, and AIDS is still killing

And it's all Ronald Reagan's fault!!! Reagan personally raped and infected every gay man on the planet!

41 posted on 09/28/2007 8:42:50 PM PDT by montag813
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To: txzman

“I guess you all have forgotten what it is like to be a teenager in lust, thinking you will live forever and that nothing will hurt you. Crosses all lines, Christian and Buddhists, young and old, rich and poor.

Be careful before you make such prideful announcements - you may have to deal with it in your own families.”

You omitted one, maybe two, word(s) from your righteous sermon. Pick from the following:

a. gay

b. drug-user


42 posted on 09/28/2007 8:45:03 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: fwdude
"I STILL feel compassion toward those who catch ...AIDS from promiscuous behavior."

Do you still feel compassion for those same people when they accuse you of not working to prevent their infection, have public marches in our biggest cities proclaiming this, infer that this indifference is part of a conspiracy to destroy them, and then STILL insist on their right to CONTINUE in their promiscuous behavior, all the while demanding that YOU foot the exorbitant medical bill for their life-long treatment?

No. Just because I have compassion for people who contract AIDS doesn't mean I am under any illusions that I OWE THEM ANYTHING.

People who get themselves into bad situations because of their own poor choices in life have only themselves to blame.

But it STILL doesn't do my heart any good to see people suffer for their mistakes,

ESPECIALLY since I am SO dependent on God's mercy to rescue me from my own foolish choices in life.

43 posted on 09/28/2007 8:46:02 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: SwinneySwitch
Twenty-five years after AIDS was formally given a name, Texas and the rest of the country still fail to designate the money needed to prevent it and HIV, a Dallas representative said on Wednesday.

Here is all you need to know to not get HIV / AIDS:

  1. Gay Sex: If you are a guy, don't have anal sex with other men unless you use a condom. I'm going to refrain from all man-on-man anal sex -- the condom is irrelevant -- but that's just me.

  2. Sex with Prostitutes: Don't do it, but if you must, at least use a condom.

  3. Intravenous Drugs: Don't take intravenous drugs with dirty needles.

  4. Third World Hospitals. Don't wind up in a third world hospital. If you think you might need major surgery, skip your trip to Africa. If you end up in a third world country needing urgent health care, go to the hospital run by the Americans, Japanese, whatever.

So, if you can successfully follow those steps, you should be free and clear of HIV and AIDS. Feel free to reproduce the above and distribute it: I claim no copyright!

44 posted on 09/28/2007 8:47:18 PM PDT by Koblenz (The Dem Platform, condensed: 1. Tax and Spend. 2. Cut and Run. 3. Man on Man)
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To: txzman
Crosses all lines, Christian and Buddhists, young and old, rich and poor. Be careful before you make such prideful announcements - you may have to deal with it in your own families.

What's the HIV/AIDS rate among monogamous, heterosexual, non drug users?

45 posted on 09/29/2007 6:07:28 AM PDT by American Infidel (It's pronounced 'ASK' not 'AXE'. It's a 3 letter word. How difficult can it be?)
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To: SwinneySwitch

“Texas and the rest of the country still fail to designate the money needed to prevent it ......”

MONEY????? Hell, no money is required.....simply tell the queers to sit down and keep their mouths shut! ;-\


46 posted on 09/29/2007 6:09:01 AM PDT by DH (The government writes no bill that does not line the pockets of special interests.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
AIDS affects homosexuals and drug addicts. What no one on the Left bothers to inform the public is the disease is entirely lifestyle related. Eliminating the habits that cause AIDS would be the fastest way of ridding the world of its scourge. But that - just as in 1982 would be politically incorrect. Liberals would rather do what feels good than do what is right.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

47 posted on 09/29/2007 6:11:51 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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