CDC Analysis Provides New Look at Disproportionate Impact of HIV and Syphilis Among U.S. Gay and Bisexual Men
There are some, in our society today, who say there is no difference health wise between the heterosexual and homosexual lifestyles. A recent press release from the Centre for Disease Control in the U.S. clearly states the opposite.
Our governments and school systems promote this lifestyle as healthy, beneficial, productive and safe.
When the smoking lifestyle/habbit was found to increase the risk of cancer and other diseases, the government and special interest groups went on a rampage with package labelling campaigns, anti-smoking campaigns, TV commercials and the like. Even amoung insurance companies, life insurance rates are adjusted for smokers and there are those that are advocating higher Canada health premiums for smokers. I wonder if the government will act in kind with regard to the homosexual lifestyle/habit. Will the government at least recognize and promote through the education system and awareness campaigns that the homosexual lifestyle/habbit is not a healthy choice? We sincerely hope so. People need to know the truth so that they can make informed decisions about the kind of activities they engage in.
To those who are caught up in the homosexual lifestyle/habit, will you please consider the scriptures and the article below as a gentle reminder that God created man and woman to be in a monogamous lifelong heterosexual relationship? He lists many sins which go against his created order and mandate for life and says that there are consequenses for those who disobey.
God stated - Genesis 2:23-25 (New International Version) 23 The man [Adam] said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she [Eve] shall be called 'woman, [a] 'for she was taken out of man." 24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. 25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
This was later affirmed in scripture by Jesus Christ, Saviour and Lord - Mark 10:6-9 (New International Version) 6"But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.'[a] 7'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,[b] 8and the two will become one flesh.'[c] So they are no longer two, but one. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
God's purpose for sexuality, is to be between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others, for life. Sexuality is a gift if it is within those confinds but curses come upon those who choose to indulge in sex outside heterosexual marriage for life. It is a covenant between God and man meant to be a blessing and a joy and brings forth the fruit of the womb blessings we refer to as beautiful children.
Romans 1:18-32 (New International Version) 18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. 21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. 24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen. 26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. 28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
To the homosexual, to the adulterer, to the liar, to the fornicator, to the sexually immoral, to all who choose to sin without repentance understand that God loved you enough to send His only son to die on the cross for you. Please, repent from your sins, turn to Jesus, accept Him as your saviour and Lord and know that if you will remain faithful to honor Him and His commandments all of your days that He will bless you and keep you.
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CDC Analysis Provides New Look at Disproportionate Impact of HIV and Syphilis Among U.S. Gay and Bisexual Men
A data analysis released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention underscores the disproportionate impact of HIV and syphilis among gay and bisexual men in the United States.
The data, presented at CDC's 2010 National STD Prevention Conference, finds that the rate of new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men (MSM) is more than 44 times that of other men and more than 40 times that of women.
The range was 522-989 cases of new HIV diagnoses per 100,000 MSM vs. 12 per 100,000 other men and 13 per 100,000 women.
The rate of primary and secondary syphilis among MSM is more than 46 times that of other men and more than 71 times that of women, the analysis says. The range was 91-173 cases per 100,000 MSM vs. 2 per 100,000 other men and 1 per 100,000 women.
While CDC data have shown for several years that gay and bisexual men make up the majority of new HIV and new syphilis infections, CDC has estimated the rates of these diseases for the first time based on new estimates of the size of the U.S. population of MSM. Because disease rates account for differences in the size of populations being compared, rates provide a reliable method for assessing health disparities between populations.
"While the heavy toll of HIV and syphilis among gay and bisexual men has been long recognized, this analysis shows just how stark the health disparities are between this and other populations," said Kevin Fenton, M.D., director of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. "It is clear that we will not be able to stop the U.S. HIV epidemic until every affected community, along with health officials nationwide, prioritize the needs of gay and bisexual men with HIV prevention efforts."
For the purposes of determining rates of disease for MSM, CDC researchers first estimated the size of the gay and bisexual male population in the United States - defined as the proportion of men who reported engaging in same-sex behavior within the past five years. Based on an analysis of nationally representative surveys, CDC estimated that MSM comprise 2.0 percent (range: 1.4-2.7 percent) of the overall U.S. population aged 13 and older, or 4 percent of the U.S. male population (range: 2.8-5.3 percent). Disease rates per 100,000 population were then calculated using 2007 surveillance data on HIV and primary/secondary syphilis diagnoses and U.S. Census data for the total U.S. population.
The new analysis is the first step in more fully assessing the impact of HIV among MSM and other populations significantly affected by the disease. CDC is developing more detailed estimates of infection rates among MSM by race and age, as well as among injection drug users. CDC is also in the early stages of planning for estimates among heterosexuals. Ultimately, these data can be used to better inform national and local approaches to HIV and STD prevention to ensure that efforts are reaching the populations in greatest need.
Research shows that a range of complex factors contribute to the high rates of HIV and syphilis among gay and bisexual men. These factors include high prevalence of HIV and other STDs among MSM, which increases the risk of disease exposure, and limited access to prevention services. Other factors are complacency about HIV risk, particularly among young gay and bisexual men; difficulty of consistently maintaining safe behaviors with every sexual encounter over the course of a lifetime; and lack of awareness of syphilis symptoms and how it can be transmitted (e.g., oral sex). Additionally, factors such as homophobia and stigma can prevent MSM from seeking prevention, testing, and treatment services.
Also, the risk of HIV transmission through receptive anal sex is much greater than the risk of transmission via other sexual activities, and some gay and bisexual men are relying on prevention strategies that may be less effective than consistent condom use.
"There is no single or simple solution for reducing HIV and syphilis rates among gay and bisexual men," said Fenton. "We need intensified prevention efforts that are as diverse as the gay community itself. Solutions for young gay and bisexual men are especially critical, so that HIV does not inadvertently become a rite of passage for each new generation of gay men."
Preventing HIV and STDs among gay and bisexual men is a top CDC priority. CDC provides funding to health departments and community-based organizations throughout the nation to implement proven behavior-change programs for MSM and will soon expand a successful HIV testing initiative to reach more gay and bisexual men. Additionally, CDC is implemehumanting an updated National Syphilis Elimination Plan in cities where MSM have been hardest hit by the disease, and will release an updated HIV prevention strategic plan within the next year to support the President's upcoming National HIV/AIDS Strategy. CDC officials note that the new analysis released today underscores the importance of the HIV and STD prevention efforts targeting gay and bisexual men recently announced as part of the President's fiscal year 2011 budget proposal.
I felt compelled to put this information out for all to see. Jesus calls us to love and bless all. As an act of compassion, I feel that it is important for men to know what they will face if they decide to go down this road, and what God in His word says about sexuality and sin. We must all remember that - Romans 3:23 (New International Version) - "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." None of us, by our own works will make it into heaven, only by God's grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross will anyone enter into eternal life.
If you do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ there is no salvation for you. Jesus said - John 14:6-7 (New International Version) - 6Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really knew me, you would know[a] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him." The word of God further says - 1 John 5:12 (New International Version) - 12He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. It also states - 1 John 2:23 (New International Version) - 23No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.