Skip to comments.AIDS Education..Or Condom Promotion?(Viacom)
Posted on 02/14/2003 9:12:00 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
In 2000, many media critics had a fit when they learned that TV entertainment executives had negotiated with the federal government to place anti-drug messages directly into their programs to avoid having to air free public-service announcements that would cut into their profits.
Now Viacom, the parent company of CBS, UPN, Nickelodeon, MTV, VH-1, and Showtime, is at it again. This time, however, its for a noble cause, the "public interest," not ad savings. Viacom has joined with the liberal Kaiser Family Foundation for a "public education initiative." Viacom is touting that its programs on various networks would "incorporate HIV/AIDS themes" into their sitcoms and dramas.
If a red flag just went up, its for good reason. What Viacom and Kaiser call "public education" is what most anyone else would call propaganda. And when that indoctrination includes ideas like getting condoms to children without parental consent while learning to drop outdated, intolerant (i.e., Judeo-Christian) ideas about homosexuality, its beyond "progressive." Its radical.
To give you an example of CBSs "public education" in action, take the February 2 episode of the Ted Danson sitcom "Becker." Dansons title character, a doctor, sees a 15-year-old boy named Brad who comes in complaining of painful urination. (He told his mother only that he had a sore throat.) When Brad admits being sexually active, Becker replies, "Fine, I guess, as long as youre wearing condoms." The boy is screened for sexually transmitted diseases and says he doesnt need condoms to prevent AIDS and could get that "cocktail thing" if he contracts the disease anyway. Becker has the liberals appropriate political answer: "Congratulations, you just reached a level of stupidity only found in Republicans and lower primates."
Becker punishes the boy by withholding his test data until hes nearly in tears over the thought he has AIDS. It all ends happily with the boy now publicly educated accepting a bag of condoms.
On UPNs "Half and Half" on February 3, Mona demands to know if Spencer used "protection." He says no. "You had sex without a condom? That is possibly the stupidest thing youve ever done." When her friend Dee Dee says she doesnt keep a stash of condoms, Mona shows more contempt: "Are you like Sister From Another Century or something?" In another scene, a gay man lectures: "I cant believe youre out there waving that thing around without the safety on. Its so 1981."
Aint it grand to be in enlighted 2003?
Is this true health education, or just condom promotion? In July 2001, a study for the National Institutes of Health found that while use of condoms was about 85 percent effective at preventing transmission of HIV, thats a failure rate of 15 percent. Human papilloma virus, or HPV, is the cause of more than 90 percent of all cases of cervical cancer, which kills more American women each year than AIDS. The NIH analysis found no evidence that condoms prevent HPV transmissions.
Other serious venereal diseases including chlamydia, syphilis and genital herpes also showed no reduction with condom use. These diseases also increase the risk of contracting HIV. So what Viacom and Kaiser are promoting is not "safer sex." Its promoting a sexually "liberated" viewpoint that at best is controversial and is not established science.
Not every one of the CBS and UPN shows contained health education. Some lashed out against "intolerance" of homosexuality. The January 24 episode of "Presidio Med" on CBS tells the story of 15-year-old Curtis, who says hes gay. His father is accepting, but his mother thinks hes just confused. Despite a pediatrician assuring him that being gay is okay and things will get easier, a janitor later finds Curtis hung himself, another casualty of "intolerance."
On UPNs "Enterprise," the February 5 episode went intergalactic with the agenda. No one here had AIDS at all, but a Vulcan obtained a social disease through a mind-meld. The mind-melders the metaphorical stand-in for homosexuals are "part of the telepathic minority. One of the reasons they left [that evil planet] Vulcan was to escape prejudice. Their behavior is considered unnatural. Theyre seen as a threat." One doctor complains "theres more intolerance today than there was a thousand years ago."
If the Knights of Columbus came to Viacom proposing a joint project to promote the joys of virginity, or a patriotic pro-America message in a time of war, you know the reaction. The Hollywood crowd would wail in protest over this propagandistic abuse of artistic products. But thats not the case when the message fits Hollywood like a glove or a condom.
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A products "effectiveness" or "ineffectiveness" is about the percentage of CHANGE it produces. It is not about total risk. Bozell's statement is accurate. IT IS NOT 100%. It should not be advertised as a cure-all. Morality is still the best answer. Shame on Viacom for promoting immorality while peddling condoms. Are they getting a kick-back from condom companies or something?
The study is saying that an HIV-positive person and HIV-negative person could have sex for fifty years, and if they always used condoms, there is a LESS THAN ONE PERCENT chance of the negative person becoming positive.I guess it's also saying, then, that an HIV-positive person and HIV-negative person could have sex for fifty years, and if they "never" used condoms, there is LESS THAN SEVEN PERCENT chance of the negative person becoming positive.
5.8 (i.e., the difference between 6.7 and .9) divided by 6.7 is 86.6%.
Meaning that condom use is indeed ineffective in preventing HIV transmission 13.4% of the time. Why anyone would call that a distortion is beyond me.
Viacom owns MTV, which is one of the greatest purveyors of the free love and sex crowd. When I was in collge, i.e., when MTV just started in 1982, it was about music. Now its about debauchery, and lots of it!
The president, CEO and founder of Viacom, Sumner Redstone, is dispicable for putting this trash on the tube.
Morality would eliminate HIV/AIDS altogether; would it not? How about sending that clear message for a change?
No. When condoms are used correctly and consistently, they are nearly 100% effective in preventing HIV transmission.The rate of incidence with condoms (.9%) is being compared to the rate of incidence without condoms (6.7%), which is how the researchers arrived at their 85% condom effectiveness figure. Of that 6.7%, condoms would be ineffective in preventing transmission 13.4% of the time.
You are attributing to condoms the chance percentages. That's inaccurate. You can only judge condoms on the DECREASE in incidence they provide.
A couple of questions I have:
Is there a difference in effectiveness rates between heterosexuals and homosexuals?
Is there a difference in effectiveness rate depending on which partner is infected?
What do they mean by 100 person years? Do you know?