Gay men are 2% of population but 55% of AIDS cases: CDC

Aug 24, 2016 by

By Ben Johnson, LifeSite: Although homosexual men are a tiny sliver of the U.S. population, they account for the majority of all Americans living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced. Men who have sex with men (MSM) are two percent of the population but make up 55 percent of people who were HIV-positive in 2013, according to a CDC fact sheet released last Wednesday. More than nine out of 10 new HIV diagnoses (92 percent) come...

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How the HIV-prevention drug could break the NHS

Aug 10, 2016 by

by Ross Clark, Spectator: If the NHS ever comes to be dismantled it won’t be because a heartless Tory government has decided that, for reasons of neoliberal ideology, it ought to be replaced by private insurance schemes. It will be because the unreasonable and limitless demands placed on it by those who claim to be its friends have inflated its budget to a level that public funds can simply no longer sustain. That moment was brought a little closer last week by a victory in the High Court for...

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Why I, as a gay man, think this is morally wrong

Aug 4, 2016 by

by Andrew Pierce, Mailonline: At the end of a pre-release screening of an award-winning film about the Aids epidemic in San Francisco in the 1980s, there was a stunned silence. It was only broken by a few muffled sobs. The movie, We Were Here, featured the stories of people who watched their friends and lovers suffer agonising deaths. They had contracted Aids after being infected by the HIV virus. In total, about half of the Californian city’s gay male population were infected and more than...

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High Court rules in favour of NHS providing ‘HIV prevention drug’ but big questions remain

Aug 3, 2016 by

by Peter Saunders, Christian Medical Comment: The High Court has today ruled that the NHS in England can fund a drug that can reduce the chance of people catching HIV whilst engaging in high-risk sexual activities. NHS England had previously argued that local councils should provide PrEP (‘pre-exposure prophylaxis’) as ‘health prevention’ is their responsibility. But Mr Justice Green said that NHS England had ‘erred’ and that both it and the local authorities were able...

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It’s official: sexism, racism, poverty and homophobia spread AIDS. Not just sex.

Aug 1, 2016 by

by Matthew Hanley, MercatorNet: What if I told you that smoking two packs a day doesn’t increase your risk of lung cancer? That a highly sedentary lifestyle doesn’t lead to various adverse outcomes? Surely you’d deride me. Conclude I’m off my rocker. Anti-science. A reactionary. Would it be better if I qualified it to say that these behaviors are not the only causes for these conditions? Maybe, I guess, a little. But when the point is to minimize their importance as main risk factors, the...

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HIV infecting 2m more people every year, warns UN

Jul 13, 2016 by

by Sarah Boseley, Guardian: Talk of the end of Aids was premature, according to a new UN report that reveals the steady decline in new HIV infections stalled five years ago and that, in some areas, the numbers are rising again. “We are sounding the alarm,” said Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAids. “The power of prevention is not being realised. If there is a resurgence in new HIV infections now, the epidemic will become impossible to control. The world needs to take urgent and...

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