Skip to comments.Another killer disease striking homosexuals
Posted on 04/15/2013 12:09:44 PM PDT by wesagain
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My point is that meningitis transfers efficiently through any group of people in close proximity to each other, typically young children, because their symptoms are not as pronounced as they are for adults.
Unlike the diseases you mentioned, that were noticeable because they were typically rare among healthy adults, meningitis almost always clusters. You might as well ask if a group of people suddenly developed flu, if it was influenced by their being immuno-suppressed. Maybe they were, but it doesn’t really matter except in their severity of symptoms.
There are typically about 3,000 meningitis cases in the US every year, with about a 10% mortality rate. This figure is pretty stable, the bulk of them being young children.
More than that. They assert that the shorter life span is somehow romantic.
The anomaly in the room, of course, is that the cluster were all gays.
I’m not saying universally, of course, because of HIV and (blood borne) Hepatitis C, which are most certainly associated with homosexuals as a subset of those infected(*); but not meningitis.
That cluster could have just as likely been among church goers who attended a pot luck picnic where someone with the disease made a big bowl of tasty potato salad. Or a public drinking fountain at the park.
(*) 10% of the population of Egypt has Hep-C, which was caused by a humanitarian effort to vaccinate against a particularly nasty water borne parasite. They reused needles.
So, because it could have been the same with church goers at a picnic, it makes sense not to pursue an underlying cause for a meningitis cluster among members of a group that recent history shows were killed in alarming numbers by another hidden disease with different presenting illnesses.
And this group is notorious for unsafe, unhealthy practices.
gay sex = queer sex
except for barney Frank where gay sex= queeah sex
What you are looking for, in this case, is not an “underlying cause”, but whether or not the pathogen is different in any way, increasing its communicability or virulence, which right now is critical information.
And yet, from *that* perspective, people with AIDS *are* of greater concern, not because of their behavior, but because they have suppressed immune systems, which *can* create a much better environment for the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
What this means is that in practice, while they have to be given antibiotics, because of their greater susceptibility to infectious diseases, they must be very carefully monitored to insure that they are not overused, underused, or used inappropriately—which gives rise to resistant bacteria in anyone, but especially them.
Such antibiotic controls will be a very big part of medicine in the future because there are now so many dangerous resistant bacteria out there that society is skating on thin ice.
As I mentioned, as of yet there has been only one known outbreak of drug resistant meningitis, so it is definitely on the watch list.
I don't know if they did. There's a homosexual magazine called POV that used to have obits, but they got gun shy because "normal" people were gleaning their obit ages . . . it was almost exclusively male oriented since the percentage of AIDS carriers is men.
Good question though . . . I wonder if the STDs, drugs, depression, alcoholism, and violence figures are available for them as well.