Skip to comments.1 in 5 Gay/Bi Men Have HIV, Nearly Half Don't Know
Posted on 05/11/2012 3:14:05 AM PDT by tobyhill
One in five gay/bisexual men in the 21 U.S. cities hardest hit by AIDS have HIV infections -- and nearly half don't know it, a CDC survey finds.
Black gay/bi men and under-30 gay/bi adults are least likely to know of their HIV infections.
The findings show that HIV infection rates remain strikingly high among gay and bisexual men, says Kevin Fenton, MD, PhD, director of the CDC's center for HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STD, and TB prevention.
"The number of new HIV infections each year is increasing among men who have sex with men [MSM], while remaining stable or decreasing in other groups," Fenton said in a statement. "Currently, MSM account for nearly half of the more than 1 million people living with HIV in the United States."
To get these numbers, CDC teams visited bars, dance clubs, and other venues frequented by gay and bisexual men in the 21 cities with the highest number of AIDS cases. They interviewed 8,153 self-identified gay and bisexual men who agreed to undergo HIV testing.
The findings: 19% of the men tested positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. 28% of black, 18% of Hispanic, and 16% of white men tested positive for HIV. 44% of the men who tested positive for HIV had been unaware of their infection. 59% of black, 46% of Hispanic, and 26% of white men who tested positive for HIV were unaware of their infection. 63% of the HIV-positive men age 18-29 were unaware of their infection.
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One in five? They may be unaware, but they’ll soon find out.
I haven’t been paying attention, but these sound like explosive numbers to me. Has there been a huge upsurge because HIV has become considered a maintenance disease in the gay community, like high blood pressure?
and what of other STDS, syphliss, ghonorea etc, i bet they are out of this world. Plus, the anti-biotics are becoming more and more resistence to these diseases.. but you will never hear about this...
1984: The virus-AIDS hypothesis takes over.
By 1983 AIDS had become big enough in the American and European press to pique the interest of the influential infectious disease establishment, particularly the cancer virus hunters.
At that time the virus hunters had been enga- ged for over a decade in president Nixons War on Can- cer with unsuccessful attempts to find a human cancer virus (Duesberg 1996b; Fujimura 1996; de Harven 1999).
Now they were looking for new diseases that could be attributed to viruses (Duesberg 1987). Perhaps AIDS could at last yield clinically relevant lymphoma-, Kaposis sar- coma- or immunodeficiency-viruses (Duesberg 1996b).
Indeed, virus hunters from the CDC were the first to alert the public that AIDS may be transmissible (Francis et al 1983). A similar alert came from a French virus team, which had discovered a retrovirus in a homosexual man at risk for AIDS, which a year later became the accepted cause of AIDS (Barre-Sinoussi et al 1983).
News, that the cause of AIDS may be a virus, and thus transmissible to the general population, immediately set off a national panic that opened the doors for new sur- veillance programs by the CDC and predictably set off a race among virus hunters for the AIDS virus (Shilts 1987).
According to an international press conference called by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services in Washington DC on 23 April 1984, that race was won by government researchers from the NIH who had found in some AIDS patients antibodies against a new retrovirus closely related to a hypothetical human leukemia virus (Altman 1984).
The virus was introduced as fortunate fallout of the failed War on Cancer. The next day the new virus was already termed, the AIDS virus, by the New York Times (Altman 1984). Overnight nearly all AIDS researchers dropped the lifestyle-AIDS hypothesis to work on the new AIDS virus, which was already endorsed by the US government.
The CDCs director of the Task retrovirologists officially sealed the seemingly tight package of a new AIDS virus and the CDCs assumption that immunodeficiency was the common denominator of the 26 AIDS-defining diseases (table 1) by naming it, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (Coffin et al 1986).
Even before the AIDS virus became the officially accep- ted cause of AIDS, the CDC had already made antibodies against the virus the only definitive criterion to diagnose any of the heterogeneous diseases as AIDS in 1985 (Cen- ters for Disease Control 1985, 1987, 1992).
Their unorthodox decision to use antibodies against the virus (normally functioning as a vaccine), instead of the virus, for the diagnosis of AIDS was based on the flawed analogy with some bacterial pathogens. For example, syphilis bacteria can be pathogenic despite the presence of antibodies, e.g. the Wassermann test for syphilis (Brandt 1988).
But viruses are typically unable to enter cells in the presence of anti-viral antibodies the basis for the effectiveness of Jennerian vaccines. Because of the CDCs decision, AIDS is diagnosed worldwide if antibody against (!) HIV, rather than HIV, is detectable in a patient along with any of the CDCs 26 diseases.
Since 1992 even low T-cell counts are diagnosed as a condition, termed HIV/AIDS, which is treatable with anti-HIV drugs provided it occurs in the presence of antibodies against HIV (Centers for Disease Control 1992), (see table 1, and § 4.2).
Discrepancies between the predictions of the virus-AIDS hypothesis and the facts Despite its spectacular birthday the HIV-AIDS hypothe- sis has remained entirely unproductive to this date: There is as yet no anti-HIV-AIDS vaccine, no effective preven- tion and not a single AIDS patient has ever been cured the hallmarks of a flawed hypothesis.
Indeed the hypo- thesis was born with several serious birth defects and has developed further defects since; most of these should have given pause to HIV-AIDS researchers to rethink and reconsider. However, in the race to claim a share of the new viral cause for AIDS and of virus-based AIDS treat- ments, The Trojan horse of emergency (Szasz 2001) was saddled so quickly that there was little time and no interest to address these defects, not even the most fundamental ones (Weiss and Jaffe 1990; Cohen 1994; OBrien 1997).
An analysis of the defects of the HIV-AIDS hypothesis based on its failure to predict AIDS facts is shown in table 4. Our analysis is based on the most recent and most authoritative case made for the HIV-AIDS hypothe- sis since 1984, namely the Durban Declaration that was published in Nature in 2000 and has been signed by over 5,000 people, including Nobel prizewinners (The Durban Declaration 2000).
It can be seen in table 4 that the HIV-hypothesis fails to predict 17 specific facts of AIDS. The most fundamental discrepancy between the HIV-AIDS hypothesis and the facts is the paradox, that a latent, non-cytopathic and immunologically neutralized retrovirus [a virus that is inherently not cytopathic (Duesberg 1987)], that is only present in less than 1 out of 500 susceptible T-cells and rarely expressed in a few of those, would cause a plethora of fatal diseases in sexually active, young men and women.
And, that the plethora of the diseases attributed to this virus would not show up for 510 years after infection (table 4). As a re- sult of the many discrepancies between the HIV hypothe- sis and the facts, we conclude that HIV is not sufficient for AIDS, and is most compatible with being a passenger virus.
Surprisingly our conclusion is supported by a survey of AIDS researchers conducted by the New York Times, shortly after the publication of the Durban Declaration. At the 20th anniversary of AIDS, on 30 January 2001, the New York Times interviewed a dozen leading AIDS researchers for an article that turned into a list of que- stions, The AIDS questions that linger (Altman 2001a), similar to those asked by us in table 4:
In the 20 years since the first cases of AIDS were detected, scientists say they have learned more about this viral disease than any other, and few have dispu- ted the claim. Despite the gains experts say reviewing unanswered questions could prove useful as a measure of progress for AIDS and other diseases. Such a list could fill a newspaper, and even then would create debate. (E.g.): How does H.I.V. subvert the immune system? . . . Why does AIDS predispose infec- ted persons to certain types of cancer and infections and not others? . . . Dr Anthony S Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said, It is the rare person who gets up and strips himself of his personal agenda and articulates what we really do not know because by saying that they would diminish the impact of their own work, which is their agenda. (Regarding anti-HIV medica- tions:) . . . the new drugs do not completely eliminate H.I.V. from the body, so the medicines, which can have dangerous side effects, will have to be taken for a lifetime and perhaps changed to combat resistance.
The treatments are now so complicated that it is diffi- cult, expensive and time-consuming to answer basic and practical questions. What combinations of drugs should be started first and when? Why do side effects like unusual accumulations of fat in the abdomen and neck develop? . . . Anti-H.I.V. drugs suppress replica- tion of the virus, which should give the functioning parts of the immune system a chance to eliminate re- maining virus. That does not happen. So something is bizarre about that, that we dont understand, Dr Fauci said. Is a vaccine possible? . . . many unanswered questions exist about whether and when one can be developed.
Thus HIV-AIDS researchers have not solved the discre- pancies and paradoxes of the HIV-AIDS hypothesis, but still do not follow the scientific method of searching for alternative explanations (Costello 1995).
Since 19 years of HIV-AIDS research have failed to produce tangible benefits for AIDS patients and risk groups, and since there are no paradoxes in nature only flawed hypotheses, the scientific method calls for an alternative, testable hypothesis. Here we offer one such hypothesis. Our hypothesis extends the early, and now abandoned lifestyle hypothesis (§ 2) and subsequent drug-AIDS hypotheses from us and others (Duesberg 1992; Duesberg and Rasnick 1998).
4. Chemical AIDS.
Historically, the first step in determining the cause of any disease has always been to find out if there is any- thing, apart from the disease itself, that sufferers have in common (Cairns 1978). However, the traditional search for the cause is only completed, if something that suf- ferers have in common can also be shown to cause the disease; in other words if Kochs postulates can be ful- filled (Merriam-Webster 1965).
This is true for viruses just as much as for drugs. Following this tradition, we try here to provide proof of principle for our drug and mal- nutrition hypothesis of AIDS alias chemical AIDS.
4.1 The chemical-AIDS hypothesis and its predictions The chemical-AIDS hypothesis proposes that the AIDS epidemics of the US and Europe are caused by recreatio- nal drugs, alias lifestyle, and anti-HIV drugs (Duesberg.
1. Since HIV is the sole cause of AIDS, it must be abundant in AIDS patients based on exactly the same criteria as for other viral diseases.
But, only antibodies against HIV are found in most patients (17)**. Therefore, HIV infection is identified in blood by detecting antibodies, gene sequences, or viral isolation. But, HIV can only be isolated from rare, la- tently infected lymphocytes that have been cultured for weeks in vitro away from the antibodies of the human host (8). Thus HIV behaves like a latent passenger virus.
2. Since HIV is the sole cause of AIDS, there is no AIDS in HIV-free people.
But, the AIDS literature has described at least 4621 HIV- free AIDS cases according to one survey irrespective of, or in agreement with allowances made by the CDC for HIV-free AIDS cases (55).
3. The retrovirus HIV causes immunodeficiency by killing T-cells (13). But, retroviruses do not kill cells because they depend on viable cells for the replication of their RNA from viral DNA integrated into cellular DNA (4, 25). Thus, T-cells infected in vitro thrive, and those patented to mass-pro- duce HIV for the detection of HIV antibodies and diag- nosis of AIDS are immortal (915)!
4. Following exactly the same criteria as for other viral disea- ses, HIV causes AIDS by killing more T-cells than the body can replace. Thus T-cells or CD4 lymphocytes . . . become depleted in people with AIDS.
But, even in patients dying from AIDS less than 1 in 500 of the T-cells that become depleted are ever infected by HIV (1620, 54). This rate of infection is the hallmark of a latent passenger virus (21).
5. With an RNA of 9 kilobases, just like polio virus, HIV should be able to cause one specific disease, or no disease if it is a passenger (22).
But, HIV is said to be the sole cause of AIDS, or of 26 different immunodeficiency and non-immunodeficiency diseases, all of which also occur without HIV (table 2). Thus there is not one HIV-specific disease, which is the definition of a passenger virus!
6. All viruses are most pathogenic prior to anti-viral immunity. Therefore, preemptive immunization with Jennerian vaccines is used to protect against all viral diseases since 1798.
But, AIDS is observed by definition only after anti- HIV immunity is established, a positive HIV/AIDS test (23). Thus HIV cannot cause AIDS by the same criteria as conventional viruses.
7. HIV needs 510 years from establishing antiviral immu- nity to cause AIDS.
But, HIV replicates in 1 day, generating over 100 new HIVs per cell (24, 25). Accordingly, HIV is immunogenic, i.e. bio- chemically most active, within weeks after infection (26, 27). Thus, based on conventional criteria for other viral disea- ses, HIV should also cause AIDS within weeks if it could.
8. Most people with HIV infection show signs of AIDS within 510 years the justification for prophylaxis of AIDS with the DNA chain terminator AZT (§ 4).
But, of 34⋅3 million . . . with HIV worldwide only 1⋅4% [= 471,457 (obtained by substracting the WHOs cumulative total of 1999 from that of 2000)] developed AIDS in 2000, and similarly low percentages prevailed in all previous years (28). Likewise, in 1985, only 1⋅2% of the 1 million US citizens with HIV developed AIDS (29, 30). Since an annual incidence of 1⋅21⋅4% of all 26 AIDS defining diseases combined is no more than the normal mortality in the US and Europe (life ex- pectancy of 75 years), HIV must be a passenger virus.
9. A vaccine against HIV should (is hoped to) prevent AIDS the reason why AIDS researchers try to develop an AIDS vaccine since 1984 (31).
But, despite enormous efforts there is no such vaccine to this day (31). Moreover, since AIDS occurs by definition only in the presence of natural antibodies against HIV (§ 3), and since natural antibodies are so effective that no HIV is detectable in AIDS patients (see No. 1), even the hopes for a vaccine are irrational.
10. HIV, like other viruses, survives by transmission from host to host, which is said to be mediated through sexual con- tact.
But, only 1 in 1000 unprotected sexual contacts transmits HIV (3234), and only 1 of 275 US citizens is HIV-infec- ted (29, 30), (figure 1b). Therefore, an average un-infected US citizen needs 275,000 random sexual contacts to get infected and spread HIV an unlikely basis for an epidemic!
11. AIDS spreads by infection of HIV.
But, contrary to the spread of AIDS, there is no spread of HIV in the US. In the US HIV infections have remained constant at 1 million from 1985 (29) until now (30), (see also The Durban Declaration and figure 1b). By contrast, AIDS has increased from 1981 until 1992 and has decli- ned ever since (figure 1a).
12. Many of the 3 million people who annually receive blood trans- fusions in the US for life-threatening diseases (51), should have developed AIDS from HIV-infected blood donors prior to the elimination of HIV from the blood supply in 1985.
But there was no increase in AIDS-defining diseases in HIV-positive transfusion recipients in the AIDS era (52), and no AIDS-defining Kaposis sarcoma has ever been observed in millions of transfusion recipients (53).
13. Doctors are at high risk to contract AIDS from patients, HIV researchers from virus preparations, wives of HIV-positive hemophiliacs from husbands, and prostitutes from clients particularly since there is no HIV vaccine.
But, in the peer-reviewed literature there is not one doctor or nurse who has ever contracted AIDS (not just HIV) from the over 816,000 AIDS patients recorded in the US in 22 years (30). Not one of over ten thousand HIV researchers has con- tracted AIDS. Wives of hemophiliacs do not get AIDS (35). And there is no AIDS-epidemic in prostitutes (3638). Thus AIDS is not contagious (39, 40).
14. Viral AIDS like all viral/microbial epidemics in the past (4143) should spread randomly in a population.
But, in the US and Europe AIDS is restricted since 1981 to two main risk groups, intravenous drug users and male homosexual drug users (§ 1 and 4).
15. A viral AIDS epidemic should form a classical, bell-shaped chronological curve (4143), rising exponentially via virus spread and declining exponentially via natural immunity, within months (see figure 3a).
But, AIDS has been increasing slowly since 1981 for 12 years and is now declining since 1993 (figure 1a), just like a lifestyle epidemic, as for example lung cancer from smoking (figure 3b).
16. AIDS should be a pediatric epidemic now, because HIV is transmitted from mother to infant at rates of 2550% (44 49), and because 34⋅3 million people worldwide were al- ready infected in 2000. To reduce the high maternal trans- mission rate HIV-antibody-positive pregnant mothers are treated with AZT for up to 6 months prior to birth (§ 4).
But, less than 1% of AIDS in the US and Europe is pedia- tric (30, 50). Thus HIV must be a passenger virus in new- borns.
17. HIV recognizes no social, political or geographic bor- ders just like all other viruses.
But, the presumably HIV-caused AIDS epidemics of Africa and of the US and Europe differ both clinically and epidemiologically (§ 1, table 2). The US/European epi- demic is highly nonrandom, 80% male and restricted to abnormal risk groups, whereas the African epidemic is random.
Has the US always had so many gays?
I was propositioned by two, back in the 70s.
When at university (Tennessee) in the 60s, I remember a street in Knoxville where “queers” as they were called, hung out, but to me it was just an isolated incidence.
I never quite understood Homosexuals.
There are many from age 15 and up here in the Philippines.
I’m actually surprised the infection rate is that low; given the rates of alcohol/drug abuse in that group, coupled with the urge to molest/be molested by complete strangers (the “monogamous couple” nonsense is the exception, not the rule), I thought the rate wuld be much higher - there is a reason they have shorter lifespans.
There's enough overlap that it doesn't matter.
You’re right; there is a wide range of other illnesses this group is at high risk for.
I did make a mistake..I said 70s...I meant 60s.
Yes, I would not be at all surprised if Obumbo is gay...more likely Bi.
He's looking mighty thin these days. And a little peaked.
500K gay men with AIDS. They are 20% of the gay population. That calculates the gay population as being around 2.5M men, or about 2% of the adult male population.
That 20% AIDS figure means that any adult male homosexual attempting to molest your child should be treated as a deadly threat.
If Obama had a son, he’d have HIV and not know it.
I thought MSM stands for Main Stream Media.
I am way behind the eight ball.
If they don’t know, how does anyone else know?
don’t be homo. check
don’t hang out with liberals. check
amazing how following these two little rules will make your life so much better
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