Skip to comments.For Gay Men, a Fear That Feels Familiar (meningitis the new AIDS)
Posted on 05/19/2013 12:00:54 PM PDT by reaganaut1
A new, casually transmittable infection a unique strain of bacterial meningitis has cast a pall over the gay night life and dating scene, with men wondering whether this is AIDS, circa 1981, all over again. Seven men have died in New York City, about a third of diagnosed cases, since 2010. And in the last few months, the contagion seemed to be accelerating. It has targeted gay and bisexual men, and nobody knows exactly why.
The citys best hope to curb the outbreak is to vaccinate as many at-risk men as possible, focusing on those most in danger: men who regularly hook up with other men whom they meet at parties, bars, clubs and through apps like Grindr. Dr. Don Weiss, the director of surveillance for the citys Bureau of Communicable Disease, has called it Russian roulette sex, because sooner or later, you are going to come across this organism and be exposed.
The health departments own vaccination efforts at several gay bars have had limited success. Men out partying want to have fun, not be told that they may fall prey to a lethal disease by doing so.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Just leave them alone. The problem is self-solving.
Bush’s fault! FIRST IN! (So to speak...)
So God gives the homo community yet another biological smack-down.Gay’s learning curve is a flat line.
Maybe the whole activity is unnatural and unhealthy both to mind and body. Therefore, you shouldn’t do it.
Gee. If only we could figure that out.....
Yeah, we're all supposed to feel pride in their destructive choices.
God loves everyone, and wants everyone to come to Him, admit their sins, and be forgiven. That said, if you voluntarily stick your face in a glass furnace because you think it is fun, and it is your “lifestyle choice”, I have only so much sympathy for you and your bad choices.
Ban those 32 oz sodas cause they make you fat; pay any price & compromise sacred property rights in the name of pristine air & water; outlaw mom and dad’s smokes cause they’re unhealthy - but don’t ever EVER question the common effect on health when indulging in the gay lifestyle.
From decades ago, common for them all to have hepatitis. Comes from promiscuity, and sticking your up his....
love who you want but please don’t tell me its just like traditional marriage.
this brings new meaning to screwing yourself to death
It has targeted gay and bisexual men, and nobody knows exactly why.
Cause it’s racist, that’s why!
Maybe the human body wasn't designed for this sort of sexual activity.
“It has targeted gay and bisexual men”
” A new, casually transmittable infection a unique strain of bacterial meningitis”
LOL, I consider a handshake casual contact.
Ya, somehow this will be blamed on Bush. LOL
But seriously, some homosexual activists blame Reagan, for not doing enough about AIDS while he was president.
To me, this speaks volumes about liberalism. Rather than casting any blame on the promiscuous dangerous activities which spread AIDS, activists blamed a Republican president for allegedly being slow to realize how serious the AIDS epidemic was among the homosexual commmunity. And that Reagan must have been homophobic and all that, due to being slow to address the AIDS issue during his time in office.
Typical liberal claptrap. They have no responsibility for any problems they cause. Instead, someone in government, especially Republicans, are to blame for not doing anything to save them from themselves.
"You either ---- ---- or you do not ---- ----, there is no in-between." - Andrew Dice Clay
I remember when former Surgeon General Koop pointed this out, and how this group whined about it.
As long as our Obamacare premiums are not affected by this...
“The comments are interesting — lots of gay men complaining that their “lifestyle” is being stigmatized. Sodomy and promiscuity are condemned for a reason.”
In the end you will groan in anguish
when disease consumes your body.
12 You will say, How I hated discipline!
If only I had not ignored all the warnings!
13 Oh, why didnt I listen to my teachers?
Why didnt I pay attention to my instructors?
Homosexuals with a penis are affected, but what about the ones with a vagina?
There’s a vaccine.
Lesbians appear to be much less affected by these various diseases than male homosexuals, for fairly obvious reasons.
What a queer disease........
i dont think they are affected they are infected
Seriously? There's an app for that?
The Cure: Sit on your butt and keep your mouth shut.
I stopped reading at, “And nobody knows exactly why (they are getting sick).” I suppose the ‘exactly’ is the qualifying adverb here, but hellO?? It is all so easy to avoid getting sick, but then you have to stop doing things that cause it.
There. Do I get grant money for ‘discovering a cure’?? Please. Common sense.
Viruses that cause meningitis include enteroviruses, herpes simplex virus type 2
There are a number of risk factors for fungal meningitis, including the use of immunosuppressants,, HIV/AIDS
Chronic meningitis or episodes of acute meningitis for which no cause is found can occur at any time during the course of AIDS. In addition, although individuals who are HIV seropositive are at increased risk for the development of certain types of meningitis, evidence suggests that they are also more likely than the general population to develop community-acquired bacterial or viral meningitides.
I guess that they love sodomy more then life itself.
No, they're absolutely disgusting. From depraved, Satan-inhabited minds.
” It has targeted gay and bisexual men, and nobody knows exactly why.”
Let me take a wild guess. Screwing each other in their butts?
Is there an elevated risk of bacterial meningitis for gay men, based on recent cases discussed in the media?
The overwhelming majority of meningococcal meningitis cases in the United States are sporadic and isolatedonly a small percentage of cases are linked to an outbreak. However, an outbreak of bacterial meningitis in gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in New York has been tracked since 2010, with 22 cases identified through April 2013, leading to seven deaths. These individuals were affected at 60 times the incidence rate, compared to that expected in the overall population.
Fifty-five (55) percent of the cases were among HIV-positive individuals, and African Americans were disproportionately affected. The individuals shared risk factors that included meeting sex partners through social media. For this reason, the New York City Department of Health has issued advisories recommending that all sexually active gay and other MSM be vaccinated.
Since that time, other health departments, including San Francisco’s, have advised vaccinations for those gay men traveling to New York City who might be sexually active while there. On April 13, 2013, a West Hollywood man died of meningococcal meningitis, raising concern that a similar pattern of illness might be observed in the Los Angeles area.
Doesn't the homosexual "lifestyle" involve deviant sex with numerous partners in parks and public restrooms?
They are receiving in themselves the full recompense for their error (Romans 1:27). The same goes for heterosexuals who engage in sex with numerous partners and contract diseases.
In my opinion, homosexual "marriage" is a whole other putrid can of worms.
Playing..... in sewage.. has it’s down side..
It can KILL you..
But your argument makes way too much sense for the modern day liberal.
I’m hearing the jeopardy theme song.
The activity of homosexual men seems designed to limit the population of homosexual men or to make it dangerous. As the society paganizes and homosexuality becomes normal for young men there will be a ballooning of frightful diseases.
Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt, it appears to run up the backsides of men who have sexual contact with other men.
It makes me think of a weird statistic pertaining to my home state, NC. We lead the nation in deaths due to sleeping in the middle of the road. Why anyone sleeps in the middle of the road is certainly a mystery, but the possible consequence of doing so is no mystery at all.
This gay meningitis uproar is comparable to middle-of-the-road-sleepers making a public outcry about the mystery behind so many “sleepists” dying. It’s those bigoted tractor-trailer drivers fault I guess?
If the past is any guide, probably so, from their warped perspective.
Between drug use and rampant promiscuity, how can anybody be surprised that homosexuals get diseases? It’s the cost of doing business. If they don’t like it, they should abandon the lifestyle.
Indeed. Yet somehow they will continue to rant “It’s all Reagan’s(or Bush’s or the Pope’s or Jerry Falwell’s or the Christian Rights’s or some other conservative target to fill in the blank’s) fault!”
If “gay” means exclusively homosexual, and “bisexual” means what it seems to mean in English; then it’s a very important distinction. “Gay diseases” are transmitted to heterosexual people by bisexuals.
I had no idea!
‘Defining deviancy down’ bump.
There is a reason the colon is not a reproductive organ....something gays and Straight Guilt Liberals refuse to accept