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HIV Cases Climb Among Gay, Bisexual Men in U.S.
Reuters ^ | Mon, Jul 28, 2003 | Paul Simao

Posted on 07/28/2003 7:52:55 AM PDT by presidio9

The number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV (news - web sites), the virus that causes AIDS (news - web sites), climbed for the third consecutive year in the United States in 2002, fueling fears that the disease might be poised for a major comeback in this high-risk group.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (news - web sites), which reported the finding on Monday at the 2003 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta, also revealed that AIDS diagnoses overall had risen 2.2 percent to 42,136 last year.

"The AIDS epidemic in the United States is far from over," said Dr. Harold Jaffe, director of the CDC's National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention.

An estimated 850,000 to 950,000 Americans have the AIDS virus. AIDS killed 16,371 people across the nation last year, about 6 percent fewer than in 2001, according to the CDC.

Although U.S. health officials have been preaching HIV prevention to all Americans, they have become particularly concerned in recent years by an apparent resurgence of infections among gay and bisexual males.

HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men surged 7.1 percent last year, according to data collected by the CDC from 25 states that have long-standing HIV reporting. New diagnoses in this high-risk group have increased 17.7 percent since 1999, while remaining stable in other vulnerable communities.

Jaffe cautioned, however, that the jump in HIV diagnoses could have been caused by increases in the number of gay and bisexual males being tested for the virus and was not proof that this group was being infected at a faster rate.

STANDARD TESTS

Standard HIV tests cannot tell when a person was infected with the virus, leaving open the possibility that HIV was contracted many years before being detected.

That could change in the coming months as the CDC implements a new HIV tracking system, which is based on a blood test that it says can determine whether a person had been infected with HIV in the previous six months.

CDC officials said the new surveillance strategy, was prompted by a need for more precise data on HIV infections and trends. About 40,000 new HIV infections are reported in the nation each year.

Since the AIDS virus first surfaced in 1981, estimates of new HIV cases have been based on the predictable length of time -- usually 10 years -- that elapsed between an initial infection and the onset of AIDS symptoms.

But the development of antiretroviral drugs has slowed the progression of AIDS and made it more difficult to predict when a person contracted HIV.

"It will provide us timely information on HIV transmission that is occurring now," said Dr. Robert Janssen, who directs HIV prevention programs at the Atlanta-based agency.

"What it will do is allow us to target our prevention programs to those areas and populations among whom HIV is being currently transmitted," Janssen added.

The CDC plans to have the system in place in 35 areas that account for 93 percent of annual HIV infections by 2004. The agency has allocated $13 million in supplemental funding to state health departments for the program in fiscal 2004.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: aids; cdc; gay; grids; hiv; homosexual; homosexuals
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1 posted on 07/28/2003 7:52:56 AM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9
It's not so much the gays that pisses me off, it's the bisexuals. I couldn't care less what the gays do. Come to think of it, we should make a deal allowing homos to marry under the condition that they must sign a form, punishable with death, that they never have sexual contact with a woman again.
2 posted on 07/28/2003 7:55:37 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: presidio9
"The CDC plans to have the system in place in 35 areas that account for 93 percent of annual HIV infections by 2004. The agency has allocated $13 million in supplemental funding to state health departments for the program in fiscal 2004."

I'd like the list. I suspect that these are places I wouldn't want to live, for reasons other than strickly HIV infection rates".


3 posted on 07/28/2003 7:55:41 AM PDT by NYFriend
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To: presidio9
Wow, there's a real surprise. HIV increasing among people that engage in the highest risk behaviors for contracting the disease. I'm shocked.
4 posted on 07/28/2003 7:56:17 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: presidio9
With all the information out there on how to prevent HIV/AIDS for so many years now, you would think the numbers would be going down. Apparently people are not listening!!! What idiots!
5 posted on 07/28/2003 7:59:29 AM PDT by areafiftyone (The U.N. needs a good Flush!)
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To: presidio9
Gays and bisexuals? Why not just use the single, accurate term that applies to both: homosexuals.
6 posted on 07/28/2003 8:00:21 AM PDT by PeoplesRepublicOfWashington
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To: VRWCmember
HIV is not a disease, it's a civil rights status.
7 posted on 07/28/2003 8:02:27 AM PDT by Guillermo (Proud Infidel)
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To: areafiftyone
The best way, by far, to prevent catching HIV is to not engage in anal sex with other men...but to make this suggestion brings immediate charges of homophobia, bigotry, intolerant and anti-diversity.
8 posted on 07/28/2003 8:04:21 AM PDT by Guillermo (Proud Infidel)
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To: Guillermo
It's also Reagan's fault.
9 posted on 07/28/2003 8:05:27 AM PDT by stevio
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To: Guillermo
By the time this disease runs its course, the world will be a better place. A little less color coordinated perhaps, but a better place.
10 posted on 07/28/2003 8:07:43 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: Rodney King; JonathansMommie
>>I couldn't care less what the gays do.<<

I would agree with you but I have a gay sister and two young daughters. Those who cannot procreate, recruit.
11 posted on 07/28/2003 8:08:07 AM PDT by netmilsmom (God Bless our President, those with him & our troops)
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To: Guillermo
I know that. In a perfect world, but you will never convince these people about that. I mean we all know how you get it - even from heterosexual sex you can get it. We all know how NOT to get it. If cases go up in this country its because people think "They are not going to get it and that it is just OTHER people that get HIV/AIDS". That is a stupid way of thinking. AID/HIV information has been out for a long time. If people (anyone - heterosexuals and homosexuals) are still getting it - it's because of stupidity and nothing else.
12 posted on 07/28/2003 8:09:17 AM PDT by areafiftyone (The U.N. needs a good Flush!)
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To: Rodney King
Gays don't really want marriage. If you have gay marriage, you have gay divorce and I doubt gays want anything to do with alimony and courts when they decide to bust up. They just want to say they have marriage to make them "valued" (rolls eyes)
13 posted on 07/28/2003 8:10:58 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: NYFriend
I'd like the list. I suspect that these are places I wouldn't want to live, for reasons other than strickly HIV infection rates".


14 posted on 07/28/2003 8:11:50 AM PDT by WestPacSailor (Exercise your right to vote, or they'll take that one too!)
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To: areafiftyone
All we've heard since this disease started spreading is "Anyone can get AIDS," "No one is safe from HIV" etc.

The plain truth is that in the vast majority of AIDS cases, it was caught because of a conscious behavioral choice that was made.
15 posted on 07/28/2003 8:13:16 AM PDT by Guillermo (Proud Infidel)
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To: NYFriend
I'd like the list. I suspect that these are places I wouldn't want to live, for reasons other than strickly HIV infection rates".


16 posted on 07/28/2003 8:14:36 AM PDT by WestPacSailor (Exercise your right to vote, or they'll take that one too!)
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To: WestPacSailor
Oops, rookie mistake. Here's the link
http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/stats.htm#areas
17 posted on 07/28/2003 8:15:11 AM PDT by WestPacSailor (Exercise your right to vote, or they'll take that one too!)
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To: presidio9
One hesitates to say "too stupid to live," but ...
18 posted on 07/28/2003 8:15:25 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Ex-Corps of Engineers employee ...)
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To: presidio9
HIV Cases Climb Among Gay, Bisexual Men in U.S.

Just, "Duhhhh!"
You engage in risky behaviour, you take the chance.
The more chances you take the better your chances of paying.

19 posted on 07/28/2003 8:16:31 AM PDT by Just another Joe (FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Guillermo
The plain truth is that in the vast majority of AIDS cases, it was caught because of a conscious behavioral choice that was made.

Sooo, you're saying it's as simple as Don't have sex with men, don't share drug needles, and practice safe sex?

Can't possibly be MY responsibility. I want the government to take care of me, or I'll sue SOMEBODY!

20 posted on 07/28/2003 8:18:14 AM PDT by WestPacSailor (Exercise your right to vote, or they'll take that one too!)
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To: areafiftyone
EXACTLY!
We don't see smokers demonstrating for a cure for lung cancer. The AIDS folks have made a decision to roll the dice and take their chances, then they demand that the government do something because they lost the gamble.
I feel for the children that are victims of their parents and are born with the disease, but I don't put any guilt on the government for not solving the problem.
Once a person is diagnosed with the disease they should be "marked" somehow in an area that will be visable to perspective victims. That might seem harsh but it may cut down on the risks for other players.
21 posted on 07/28/2003 8:21:12 AM PDT by The Brush
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To: Rodney King
Ah yes, the putrid life style of death and despair, brought to you by the "we were young and gay" crowd from the local toilet in your city park.
22 posted on 07/28/2003 8:22:24 AM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: presidio9
Pray-for-the-sinner, Love-the-sinner, reject-the-sin... Bump. (Romans 1:24-27)
23 posted on 07/28/2003 8:22:42 AM PDT by esopman (Blessings on Freepers Everywhere)
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To: The Brush
We have known the risks - I have seen countless TV shows about the diseases. There have been movies about it, etc. This is a pretty preventable disease. The only ones who don't have a choice in preventing it are the babies!
24 posted on 07/28/2003 8:23:05 AM PDT by areafiftyone (The U.N. needs a good Flush!)
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To: WestPacSailor
I'm not sure I believe that "safe sex" is really all that safe...
25 posted on 07/28/2003 8:25:53 AM PDT by Guillermo (Proud Infidel)
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To: presidio9
So let's protect their behavior with the Constitution, let's give them their own junior/senior high schools to create more of their sickos, Let's show them kissing and hugging on TV, let's allow them to infest our seminarians, let's allow them to continue to pollute our blood supply, let's allow them to trash the Boy Scouts, and let's allow them to tell US that we're nuts and that they're well-adjusted. Incredible!
26 posted on 07/28/2003 8:30:43 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: Ursus arctos horribilis
brought to you by the "we were young and gay" crowd from the local toilet in your city park

Sadly, when you read of "park toilet/bookstore" arrests they usually include a statisic of how many of those "men" are married men with wife and probably kids at home. Seems to be about a 50-50 ratio.

I agree with a poster above, the bisexual crowd is likely the most lethal at spreading the disease to the heterosexual population.

27 posted on 07/28/2003 8:30:50 AM PDT by Brian S ("Mount up everybody and ride to the sound of the gun!")
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To: presidio9
The number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV (news - web sites), the virus that causes AIDS (news - web sites), climbed for the third consecutive year in the United States in 2002

Wow! A study concludes that gay and bisexual men are catching HIV in greater numbers. What Einsteins.

In other news, scientists discover the surface of the sun is hot. Film at 11.
28 posted on 07/28/2003 8:31:11 AM PDT by wasp69 (Remember, Uday in Pig Latin is DU)
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To: Brian S
Sadly, when you read of "park toilet/bookstore" arrests they usually include a statisic of how many of those "men" are married men with wife and probably kids at home. Seems to be about a 50-50 ratio.

You're right.
29 posted on 07/28/2003 8:46:38 AM PDT by mr.pink
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To: esopman
RE: Romans 1:24-27
Too many people believe that the Christian attitude is to accept the sin and the sinner.
Christ embraced the sinner and inspired them to repent and turn from their sinful ways. Many on the left call us unforgiving and unchristian for not embracing the sinner and overlooking the sin despite the damage to the Christian community.
Taking responsibility for a sin and attempting change seems an "evil conservative" doctrine missing from many churchs.
30 posted on 07/28/2003 8:51:54 AM PDT by The Brush
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To: Rodney King
The story of the high school athlete from LA Calif being given a basketball free ride in another state was outrageous.
He knowingly infected his new home town sex partners with HIV. The lovely Allison a lawyer in New York City was mourned by her mother a few years ago. She had a lover that also loved quickies with pigs in bathrooms. There should be a life sentence for these acts of murder.
31 posted on 07/28/2003 9:09:06 AM PDT by oldironsides
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To: presidio9
HIV Cases Climb Among Gay, Bisexual Men in U.S.

"$15 Billion ought to fix that. Laura, give me the check book."

"I gave those boys the constitutional right to pack fudge, somebody charge God with a hate crime!"

32 posted on 07/28/2003 9:22:01 AM PDT by putupon (sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Rodney King
Come to think of it, we should make a deal allowing homos to marry under the condition that they must sign a form, punishable with death, that they never have sexual contact with a woman again.

Tongue in cheek?

33 posted on 07/28/2003 9:30:08 AM PDT by sakic
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To: netmilsmom
"I would agree with you but I have a gay sister and two young daughters. Those who cannot procreate, recruit."

If you suspect your sister or her 'friends' might actually try to 'recruit' your daughters, I'm sure you are making every effort NOT to leave your girls alone with them at any time.

34 posted on 07/28/2003 9:33:48 AM PDT by MEGoody
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To: presidio9
INTSUM
35 posted on 07/28/2003 9:42:10 AM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: lady lawyer
By the time this disease runs its course, the world will be a better place. A little less color coordinated perhaps, but a better place.

One of the most ignorant statements I've ever seen at FR. Millions of deaths equals a better place. Stalin and Hitler had similar agendas.

Personally I'd prefer it be lawyers that were heading towards extinction.

36 posted on 07/28/2003 9:42:52 AM PDT by sakic
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To: areafiftyone
If people (anyone - heterosexuals and homosexuals) are still getting it - it's because of stupidity and nothing else.

It's the same stupidity that causes people to drink to excess, drink and drive, smoke, eat unhealthily, and not exercise.

37 posted on 07/28/2003 9:46:18 AM PDT by sakic
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To: presidio9

Jaffe cautioned, however, that the jump in HIV diagnoses could have been caused by increases in the number of gay and bisexual males being tested for the virus and was not proof that this group was being infected at a faster rate.

Before the Internet broke the cycle of Liberal news bias, millions of Americans were fed the propaganda that AIDS was Ryan White was the "face of AIDS and its future victims!"

It was a lie then, and it is a lie now. AIDS research, treatment, and funding has dwarfed that of all other diseases in this nation combined--yet most people don't know this. More funding, and "education" has not stemmed out of control homosexual promiscuity and debauchery. If anything, homosexual anonymous sex has increased to Pre-Bath House Ban levels many major cities.

Meanwhile, innocent children who suffer and die of diseases that were no fault of their behavior or any other means (Musculoskeletal Diseases, Autistic Disorders, Leukemia, Hemophilia, Lupus, etc) get a fraction of the funding that AIDS recieves! In addition, AIDS comes with its own twisted brand of "civil rights."

It is disgusting.

38 posted on 07/28/2003 9:46:24 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: areafiftyone
This is a pretty preventable disease.

Exactly the same as the folks who get emphysema.

39 posted on 07/28/2003 9:47:18 AM PDT by sakic
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To: Rodney King
It's not so much the gays that pisses me off, it's the bisexuals.

Ditto. Pick a team and stick (it) to it. If not for the switch-hitters, there is only a tiny chance that AIDS would ever make it into the straight population.

40 posted on 07/28/2003 9:51:56 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tagline. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: sakic
Hitler and Stalin killed people. We are watching people addicted to bad behavior killing themselves. Big difference.
41 posted on 07/28/2003 9:56:15 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: wasp69
The number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV (news - web sites), the virus that causes AIDS (news - web sites), climbed for the third consecutive year in the United States in 2002

Wow! A study concludes that gay and bisexual men are catching HIV in greater numbers. What Einsteins.

In other news, scientists discover the surface of the sun is hot. Film at 11.

Thing is, the national HIV infection rate was actually on the decline for a while. Now it's on the rise again.

I suspect this too will somehow be spun into being Bush's fault.

42 posted on 07/28/2003 10:00:39 AM PDT by TenaciousZ
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To: sakic
One of the most ignorant statements I've ever seen at FR. Millions of deaths equals a better place. Stalin and Hitler had similar agendas.

BS. The fags are, in this case, the Stalins and Hitlers ... they are the ones propagating death. No one is forcing them to engage in highly risky, deviant behaviors. What happens to them is because they brought it on themselves. And they are bringing death to the entire population by spreading disease outside their (deserving) group.

Personally I'd prefer it be lawyers that were heading towards extinction.

On that we can agree.

43 posted on 07/28/2003 10:03:32 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tagline. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: sakic
In your own view, what positives is the homosexual culture adding to our society?
44 posted on 07/28/2003 10:07:04 AM PDT by presidio9 (RUN AL, RUN!!!)
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To: spodefly
I had a friend who was a hemophiliac. He died of AIDS in 1984 at the age of 16. I will never forgive the homosexuals for this.
45 posted on 07/28/2003 10:08:54 AM PDT by presidio9 (RUN AL, RUN!!!)
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To: areafiftyone
AIDS the Voluntary Killer Disease

Actual AIDS deaths a year are between 65,000 and 110,000

Ever notice the absence of single females dying but many young men dying of some common disease?

Pnemonia, Cancer, Kidney Failure, TB, etc.

High drug and alcohol useage.

Multi partners a year, up to 150 each for "gay" men.

Average "long-time companionship" is 1½ years tops!

How gay.

Women under 1½ a year.

Kills much more than drunk drivers.

3½-5½ times the US Murder Totals/Year

Media at the NYT is 75% gay and lesbian; per their own claims.

2% of US population are quarantine proof; if they has TB they would be quarantined if they refused to take their meds.

They catch TB like wildfire and don't take their meds either!

AIDS; the lib PC celebrity fun disease......

PS - Don't let people sneeze or cough at you in elevators, etc.

TB/AIDS is an airborne killer
46 posted on 07/28/2003 10:09:55 AM PDT by autoresponder (PETA TERRORISTS .wav file: BRUCE FRIEDRICH: http://tinyurl.com/hjhd)
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To: presidio9
In your own view, what positives is the homosexual culture adding to our society?

Well, according to the activists there's been Abraham Lincoln, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Socrates ...

Oh wait, you said in your own view.

47 posted on 07/28/2003 10:12:52 AM PDT by TenaciousZ
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To: presidio9
Nothing tha marriage can't fix....

< /radom thoughts>

48 posted on 07/28/2003 10:14:47 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie ("Leave Pat, Leave!")
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To: presidio9
This surprises anyone? As long as Gays are made to look like "victims" of AIDS instead of the careless recipients of a communicable disease then the disease will continue to spread.

The Gay community has the power to stop the spread of this disease (or mostly stop it) in this county. But it would reguire honesty and facts about AIDS, the gay community and gay behaviour and thats not on the agenda.
49 posted on 07/28/2003 10:17:01 AM PDT by FeliciaCat
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To: TenaciousZ
Yeah the buttsex crowd loves making allegations against people who can't defend themselves.

I never heard "Lincoln" before.
50 posted on 07/28/2003 10:18:40 AM PDT by presidio9 (RUN AL, RUN!!!)
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