Posts Tagged ‘AIDS’

The smokescreen putting young men’s health at risk

November 15th, 2012 Comments off

by Thomas Coy

How much worse do the risks of gay sex have to be before it rates the same public health warnings as smoking?

Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on HIV infection in the United States reveal some disturbing trends concerning gay males or, in CDC terminology, “men who have sex with men” (MSM). In recent data the CDC estimated that 61 percent of the 48,079 HIV infections diagnosed in 2010 occurred through male to male sexual contact.(1) According to the CDC data, sexual contact and injection drug use are the predominant means by which HIV is transmitted. Read more…

AIDS and medical ethics: a great betrayal

September 26th, 2012 Comments off

by Matthew Hanley

The risk reduction ethic only aims to sanitize and thereby perpetuate hazardous behavior.

The September 5th edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports on the prospect of “pre-exposure prophylaxis” as a means of preventing HIV transmission. This term refers to people who are uninfected with HIV taking a prolonged course of sophisticated medications because they anticipate sexual contact with an HIV-infected person. In July, the FDA approved an expensive antiretroviral drug which can reduce but not eliminate the risk of becoming infected. (The level of effectiveness varies by mode of transmission; women also seem to derive less benefit). Read more…

Self-control is the only magic bullet

May 16th, 2012 Comments off

by Carolyn Moynihan

This is not exactly family fare but it seems significant that the American Psychological Association is calling attention to the need for “behavioural approaches” along with medical interventions to prevent HIV infection. Read more…

Can the Philippines keep AIDS at bay if it embraces condom culture?

March 8th, 2012 Comments off

by Oliver M. Tuazon and Angelo S. Porciuncula

While the Philippine Senate is busy with the impeachment trial of the Chief Justice of the Philippine Judiciary, the House of Representatives has resumed its interpellations on the controversial Reproductive Health Bill (HB 4244).  . .

The RH bill is entitled “An Act Providing for a Comprehensive Policy on Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population Development and for Other Purposes.” However, let’s be clear that the Philippines is not a desert when it comes to birth control devices and services. In recent months, as condom ads flooded the streets and consciousness of Philippine society, it has become clear to everyone that the marketing and use of contraceptives in the Philippines is already legal and that the RH debate is actually about the use of government funds to promote and supply condoms, pills, injections, IUDs, sterilization procedures and so on to all and sundry. Read more…

Heads in the sand over AIDS

December 7th, 2011 Comments off

by Carolyn Moynihan

How many more lives, how many billions of dollars, will be sacrificed to western sexual ideology?

Every year since 1988 the joyful tidings of Christmas have been preceded by the increasingly upbeat message of World AIDS Day, December 1. This year’s theme of “Getting to zero” was launched last month by Hillary Clinton announcing that an “AIDS-free generation” was within grasp if the United States and countries around the world would team up on scientific advancements. President Obama threw an extra $50 million in that direction and he was joined by former presidents George W Bush and Bill Clinton in promising greater commitment to eradicating the disease. The catch-line, “beginning of the end”, was scripted in the White House. Bono, Elton John and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy leant their faces to the cause. Read more…

Bad shot: when will WHO warn women about the contraceptive jab?

October 28th, 2011 Comments off

by Carolyn Moynihan

The latest strong evidence that hormonal contraception is linked with AIDS finds experts still dallying.

DMPA shot

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Zimbabwe, HIV and Behavioural Change

August 4th, 2011 Comments off

by Marcus Roberts

Last week I mentioned that the number of centenarians is predicted to increase to over one million in five different countries by 2100.   I thought that this was, in part at least, a testimony to better medical practices and aged care in many parts of the world.  Read more…

Broken Promises

July 22nd, 2011 1 comment

by Dale O’Leary

A key player in the prevention controversy documents how the AIDS establishment has betrayed the developing world.

Harvard University researcher Edward Green rose to prominence in the AIDS controversy with his 2003 book, Rethinking AIDS Prevention. His new book, Broken Promises: How the AIDS Establishment has Betrayed the Developing World, chronicles the continuing battle over how to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Green, a key player in the struggle, documents how two radically different strategies have competed for funding and support. Read more…

Affirming Love, Avoiding AIDS

July 18th, 2011 Comments off

by Michael Cook

The best research shows that restraint and fidelity are the solutions to the devastating epidemic. But the bureaucrats aren’t listening.

Earlier this year, the journal PLoS Medicine published a stunning report about the prevalence of AIDS in Zimbabwe. Over the ten years to 2007 HIV prevalence was halved. This decline is almost unique in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more…

Reducing Risk, Increasing AIDS

July 2nd, 2010 Comments off

Sigh. Why doesn’t anyone pay attention to this stuff?

by Matthew Hanley

The predominant Western approach to preventing the spread of AIDS in Africa has failed. Though in theory the risk reduction strategies favored by Western governments and aid agencies—handing out condoms, promoting counseling and testing, and treating other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to block HIV transmission—can “work” in theory, they have not done so in practice. In Africa, despite years of promised improvements, they have not brought any downturn at all. Read more…