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For Gay Men, a Fear That Feels Familiar (meningitis the new AIDS)
New York Times ^ | May 17, 2013 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS

Posted on 05/19/2013 12:00:54 PM PDT by reaganaut1

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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 city’s 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 city’s 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 department’s 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 ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; US: New York
KEYWORDS: aids; gaydeathstyle; gayfilth; gaymeningitis; gaystd; homodisease; homosexualagenda; homosexuallifestyle; homosexuals; immoralbehavior; meningitis; outbreak; publichealth; queer; queeringamerica; riskybehavior; sexualchaos; stds
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The comments are interesting -- lots of gay men complaining that their "lifestyle" is being stigmatized. Sodomy and promiscuity are condemned for a reason.
1 posted on 05/19/2013 12:00:54 PM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

Just leave them alone. The problem is self-solving.


2 posted on 05/19/2013 12:03:10 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: reaganaut1

Bush’s fault! FIRST IN! (So to speak...)


3 posted on 05/19/2013 12:03:41 PM PDT by 50sDad (A Liberal prevents me from telling you anything here.)
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To: reaganaut1

So God gives the homo community yet another biological smack-down.Gay’s learning curve is a flat line.


4 posted on 05/19/2013 12:04:01 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: reaganaut1

Maybe the whole activity is unnatural and unhealthy both to mind and body. Therefore, you shouldn’t do it.


5 posted on 05/19/2013 12:05:21 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: reaganaut1
It has targeted gay and bisexual men, and nobody knows exactly why.

Gee. If only we could figure that out.....

6 posted on 05/19/2013 12:05:40 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: reaganaut1
lots of gay men complaining that their "lifestyle" is being stigmatized.

Yeah, we're all supposed to feel pride in their destructive choices.

7 posted on 05/19/2013 12:05:47 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: 50sDad

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.


8 posted on 05/19/2013 12:06:31 PM PDT by 50sDad (A Liberal prevents me from telling you anything here.)
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To: reaganaut1

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.


9 posted on 05/19/2013 12:06:41 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: reaganaut1

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.


10 posted on 05/19/2013 12:07:24 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: reaganaut1

this brings new meaning to screwing yourself to death


11 posted on 05/19/2013 12:08:06 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: reaganaut1

It has targeted gay and bisexual men, and nobody knows exactly why.


Cause it’s racist, that’s why!


12 posted on 05/19/2013 12:09:11 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: reaganaut1
It has targeted gay and bisexual men, and nobody knows exactly why.

Maybe the human body wasn't designed for this sort of sexual activity.

13 posted on 05/19/2013 12:11:13 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: reaganaut1

“It has targeted gay and bisexual men”

Redundant statement.


14 posted on 05/19/2013 12:11:41 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: reaganaut1

” A new, casually transmittable infection — a unique strain of bacterial meningitis”

LOL, I consider a handshake casual contact.


15 posted on 05/19/2013 12:12:59 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (President Obma; The Slumlord of the Rentseekers)
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To: 50sDad

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.


16 posted on 05/19/2013 12:13:05 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
It has targeted gay and bisexual men

"You either ---- ---- or you do not ---- ----, there is no in-between." - Andrew Dice Clay

17 posted on 05/19/2013 12:14:38 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Fiji Hill; reaganaut1
Maybe the human body wasn't designed for this sort of sexual activity.

Ya think?

I remember when former Surgeon General Koop pointed this out, and how this group whined about it.

18 posted on 05/19/2013 12:14:53 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: reaganaut1

As long as our Obamacare premiums are not affected by this...


19 posted on 05/19/2013 12:15:09 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: reaganaut1

“The comments are interesting — lots of gay men complaining that their “lifestyle” is being stigmatized. Sodomy and promiscuity are condemned for a reason.”

PROVERBS 5:12-13

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 didn’t I listen to my teachers?
Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructors?


20 posted on 05/19/2013 12:15:12 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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To: lacrew

Homosexuals with a penis are affected, but what about the ones with a vagina?


21 posted on 05/19/2013 12:15:28 PM PDT by shadeaud (We need to learn to know what our enemies are truly creating)
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To: reaganaut1

There’s a vaccine.


22 posted on 05/19/2013 12:18:44 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Sarah is right.)
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To: shadeaud

Lesbians appear to be much less affected by these various diseases than male homosexuals, for fairly obvious reasons.


23 posted on 05/19/2013 12:19:21 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: reaganaut1

What a queer disease........


24 posted on 05/19/2013 12:19:30 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: shadeaud

i dont think they are affected they are infected


25 posted on 05/19/2013 12:19:48 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: reaganaut1
apps like Grindr.

Seriously? There's an app for that?

26 posted on 05/19/2013 12:21:46 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: reaganaut1

The Cure: Sit on your butt and keep your mouth shut.


27 posted on 05/19/2013 12:23:09 PM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~ I drink good wine, listen to good music and dream good dreams.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

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.


28 posted on 05/19/2013 12:25:25 PM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: reaganaut1

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


29 posted on 05/19/2013 12:26:16 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: reaganaut1

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.


30 posted on 05/19/2013 12:27:49 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: reaganaut1

Obama’s Fault!


31 posted on 05/19/2013 12:28:13 PM PDT by theDentist (FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: bboop

I guess that they love sodomy more then life itself.


32 posted on 05/19/2013 12:28:18 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: reaganaut1
The comments are interesting...

No, they're absolutely disgusting. From depraved, Satan-inhabited minds.

33 posted on 05/19/2013 12:30:08 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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” It has targeted gay and bisexual men, and nobody knows exactly why.”

Let me take a wild guess. Screwing each other in their butts?


34 posted on 05/19/2013 12:32:28 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: reaganaut1

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 isolated—only 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. 

http://www.sfaf.org/hiv-info/hot-topics/from-the-experts/the-facts-about-meningitis.html


35 posted on 05/19/2013 12:32:42 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Williams
love who you want but please don’t tell me its just like traditional marriage.

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.

36 posted on 05/19/2013 12:35:25 PM PDT by FreedomOfExpression
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To: reaganaut1

Playing..... in sewage.. has it’s down side..
It can KILL you..


37 posted on 05/19/2013 12:35:27 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: 3Fingas

But your argument makes way too much sense for the modern day liberal.


38 posted on 05/19/2013 12:37:47 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Izzy Dunne

I’m hearing the jeopardy theme song.


39 posted on 05/19/2013 12:40:26 PM PDT by shineon
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To: reaganaut1

             

40 posted on 05/19/2013 12:40:50 PM PDT by tomkat (solve for x: Baraq = islamite .. islam = enemy ... Baraq = x)
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To: reaganaut1

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.


41 posted on 05/19/2013 12:41:16 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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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.


42 posted on 05/19/2013 12:44:23 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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sodomy is a filthy act and can only lead to disease and bodily corruption.
43 posted on 05/19/2013 12:45:57 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: reaganaut1

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.


44 posted on 05/19/2013 12:47:28 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: arthurus

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!”


45 posted on 05/19/2013 12:47:56 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: lacrew

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.


46 posted on 05/19/2013 12:51:17 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: RegulatorCountry
We lead the nation in deaths due to sleeping in the middle of the road.

I had no idea!

47 posted on 05/19/2013 12:54:24 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Sarah is right.)
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feh... the FDRQ never learn that nature is cruel but fair
48 posted on 05/19/2013 12:54:56 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: reaganaut1

‘Defining deviancy down’ bump.


49 posted on 05/19/2013 12:55:43 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: reaganaut1; All

There is a reason the colon is not a reproductive organ....something gays and Straight Guilt Liberals refuse to accept


50 posted on 05/19/2013 1:00:21 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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