Saturday, February 07, 2009

February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

"Blacks are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. While making up only 13 percent of the U.S. population, they account for more than 49 percent of AIDS cases. AIDS is now the leading cause of death for Black women ages 25 to 34, and the second leading cause of death for Black men ages 35 to 44." Link to CDC site

MSM is reported in MMWR. That's the problem with acronyms. MSM can mean mainstream media or men having sex with men.

There’s an article in the Feb. 6, 2009 MMWR on the increase of HIV among gay and bisexual young black men. It’s a fairly small study done in Jackson, Mississippi, but I’ve seen very similar ones for other areas of the country. Men having sex with men, younger men with older men, anal intercourse, multiple partners, are primarily the causes of HIV/AIDS. It’s not a national epidemic--it’s a very specific disease caused by very specific behavior. Between that and abortion, blacks are destroying their families. Yes, women do get AIDS, but primarily from their men who don’t admit to their infidelities or sexual taste for men. I have no idea why it’s so high among black men, but I’m really tired of reading that homophobia and poverty are the problem, but that's the best way to get the grant money for these studies.
    “Reducing HIV transmission among young black MSM is challenging because of many factors, including sexual network patterns, sexual partnering with older men, high prevalence of STDs, lack of awareness of one's HIV status, homophobia, HIV-related stigma and discrimination, and socioeconomic issues. CDC's Heightened National Response to the HIV/AIDS Crisis among African Americans aims to reduce HIV/AIDS in this population by expanding the reach of prevention services, increasing opportunities for diagnosis and treatment, developing new prevention interventions, and mobilizing broader community action. In the United States, reducing the toll of HIV/AIDS on young black MSM will require a combination of strategies, including culturally specific behavioral interventions, expanded testing programs, and comprehensive campaigns to combat stigma.”
Homophobia and no meaningful paycheck don't cause a man to have anal intercourse with another man, and then go home and crawl in bed with his girl friend. Sorry, I just don’t buy it. You could eliminate every last vestige of dislike or fear of homosexuality, you could give every gay man a middle class income, and HIV/AIDS will not go away as long has men continue to have sex with men and bring the disease home to their wives and girlfriends. Ask any rich man who's had several young male partners this past year. Ask the widow of the artist, professor or musician who cared for him as he wasted away when there was no one else.

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