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CDC report: Youths make up 1 in 4 new HIV cases

From the Washington Times.

Excerpt:

Teens and young adults now account for more than a quarter of the new cases of HIV identified in the United States annually, and a clear majority of those cases involve young gay or bisexual men, the federal government said in a major new survey Tuesday.

Of the nearly 48,000 new HIV cases identified in the United States in 2010, the latest year for which complete data are available, more than 12,000 involved teens and young adults, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found in its latest report.

About 72 percent of these new HIV cases in younger adults occurred in young men who are gay or bisexual, according to the CDC report.

[...]According to the CDC figures, black youths accounted for the largest share of new HIV cases, with Hispanic youths and white youths accounting for about 20 percent each.

About 1.1 million people are estimated to be living with HIV in the United States. Some 47,129 new HIV cases were identified in 2010.

The CDC’s new report, “Vital Signs: HIV Infection, Testing, Risk Behaviors Among Youths, United States,” estimated that youths aged 13 to 24 accounted for 12,200, or 26 percent, of new HIV infections in 2010.

Of these new cases, 7,000 were among black youths, 2,390 were among Hispanics, and 2,380 were among whites.

About 8,800 cases were attributed to male-to-male sexual contact.

HIV/AIDS is incurable, and an estimated 17,774 people with AIDS died in 2009. Some 619,000 persons have died of AIDS in the United States since the epidemic began in the early 1980s, according to the CDC.

Numbers like this should cause us to reconsider whether we should be encouraging behaviors that cause widespread disease and enormous health care costs. All we have to do is tell the truth – some things are morally wrong, and people should choose not do them. If they choose to do them anyway, let them pay the costs of their own decisions themselves. Why does government need to get involved to pay for some people’s choices, and not others? If people want to make poor choices, let them do it. But let’s not celebrate it or encourage it. Let’s not pay for it, because that just means we’ll get more of it.

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3 Responses

  1. Unfortunately, the politically-correct culture acts as though HIV is contracted accidentally – like the flu or something. “Oops…you got HIV…wonder how that happened.” The idea seems to be that all those poor innocent people have contracted a terrible, incurable disease and we should figure out how to make it all better for them.

    The truth is, HIV is almost 100% avoidable. All you have to do is be abstinent until marriage, marry someone who was also abstinent, and stay faithful to your spouse. Avoiding intravenous drug use is also a good idea. But it’s just not popular to talk about abstinence. It must be a dirty word or something. “My goodness, don’t you know that abstinence isn’t practical? People can’t help having sex, you know.” When are people going to wise up and start taking responsibility for their actions? The problem is, as long as government keeps bailing them out, they have no reason to think before acting so we’ll keep getting more of the same.

    • Observer says:

      I agree totally. When I’ve tried to point out that if people keep sex for a monogamous, sexually faithful marriage, it would stop the spread of HIV/Aids, I have been accused of being “moralistic” and “judgemental”! Daring to point out that all HIV/Aids can be traced back to someone having sex outside of faithful marriage, and one gets the same reaction along with, “What about innocent children, wives, blood transfusion victims, etc.?” as though I’m blaming them! In fact, I’m pointing at the original perpetrator in the sequence who caused the chain reaction that resulted in the virus being spread to innocent victims. There’s a total disconnect in their logic (if one can call it that).
      The fact is that people want to “have their cake and eat it”. They want to be able to fornicate, commit adultery, etc., but also want to duck the consequences like STDs and pregnancy – and when birth control fails (if they use it) then they want an abortion.

  2. Observer says:

    In my country, most HIV/Aids cases are heterosexual. Our cemeteries are running out of space with the number of deaths and burials due to HIV/Aids, often combined with TB as well. I was at a funeral once where there were at least 6 burials going on simultaneously, side-by-side – the cacophony, as each group had their own songs and rituals, was something else.
    There is a culture of entitlement amongst males of a certain cultural group, along with the superstition that having sex makes them “strong”, and having babies, especially male babies, also shows they’re “strong”. If one mentions this, one is accused of being racist, yet I have heard these views directly from those who believe it. The government’s “safe sex”/ condom campaign, especially among school-children, has actually undermined traditional values across the board, because it condones pre- and extra-marital sex. Marriage is never mentioned. Sexual licence in the media, along with the increasing availability of cell-phone and internet porn, have also been a major negative influence in a society where there is widespread family and community dysfunction. The tax-payers as well as overseas donors are picking up the tab for the fall-out from all this.

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