Condom use falls and HIV Infections rise in South Africa

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 6th, 2014

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The left is intolerant of so many things.  Cigarettes.  Sugary beverages.  Hamburgers.  And our lack of exercising, our insufficient consumption of fresh fruits & vegetables and our unwillingness to buy electric cars.  So they have implemented a lot of taxes, subsidies and regulations to alter our behavior.  To make us behave more ‘correctly’.  And they are always telling us what we should and what we should not do.  Except when it comes to sex and drugs.  No.  Here they pass out free birth control.  And make marijuana legal in Colorado and Washington.  Despite all of that unfiltered first, second and third-hand smoke.  Odd how these things pose no risk to us unlike drinking a large sugary beverage.

And it’s just not in the United States.  All around the world those on the left are telling their people how to live correctly.  Except, of course, when it comes to drugs.  And sex.  Because kids are going to have sex no matter what we say.  And if we tell them they shouldn’t it’s only going to make them want to have sex more.  Although it is funny that argument doesn’t hold up for cigarettes, sugary beverages, hamburgers, etc.  No.  For these they can roll up a newspaper and whack us across the nose all day long.  Figuratively, of course.  But when it comes to sex it’s more of a, “Whoa, now, let’s not say anything hasty here.  For who are we to say what is right or wrong for an individual?”  But with rising HIV infections perhaps we should be telling our sons and daughters that something bad can happen from having sex.  And they would be better off if they didn’t have so much of it before entering into a monogamous, long-term relationship.  For if we did and they did over 10% of our populations would not be infected with HIV (see Condoms rebranded in South Africa as HIV infections rise by AFP) posted 4/3/2014 on Yahoo! News).

South Africa is seeking to rebrand its free condoms to appeal to young people after a new study showed rising HIV infections and flagging contraception use, the health department said on Thursday…

South Africa has the world’s highest number of people living with HIV, a crisis that has seen millions of people placed on a vast state-sponsored treatment programme.

Around 6.4 million people — 12.2 percent of the population — were living with HIV or AIDS in 2012.

During the Eighties we didn’t know any better about HIV.  But we do now.  Even young people.  It’s why we give them free condoms.  Because of the risk of HIV (among other risks).  So it’s frustrating to see risky behavior in young people.  Especially those living in a nation with the highest number of people living with HIV.  When 12.2% of the population lives with HIV or AIDS it can’t be a secret that HIV is a serious risk.  But young people still engage in risky behavior.  Which is useful to those on the left.  For it helps them win elections.  For they are the cool party that doesn’t think drugs are all that bad.  And that a little promiscuity isn’t going to kill you.  “You’ll be fine,” they say on the left.  “As long as you don’t smoke a cigarette, drink a sugary beverage or eat a hamburger you should be able to enjoy all the sex and drugs you want to.  Because sex and drugs can’t hurt you.  Only those other things can.  Well, those things.  And global warming.  Those are the things to worry about.  Not catching HIV or AIDS.”  At least this is the message they’re giving our kids.

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Democrats will Condone any Bad Behavior if it advances their Power

Posted by PITHOCRATES - January 4th, 2014

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The government has long warned us not to eat or drink things that are bad for us.  They banned Saccharin after mega doses in rats caused cancer.  They then determined that a rat’s physiology is different from humans.  And removed their ban.  They banned the use of Alar (used in apples and other fruits to provide a better harvest) when mega doses proved to be carcinogenic.  The consumption of healthy apples fell.  They told us not to eat eggs as they had cholesterol.  Even though no study showed egg cholesterol was bad for you.  So people quit eating eggs.  And many lost an excellent source of protein.  And it turned out saturated fats play a larger role in our cholesterol levels.  And that eating eggs really doesn’t affect our cholesterol levels.  So we’re eating eggs again.  Because they are good for you.

Mayor Bloomberg wanted to make large sugary beverages illegal in New York.  There have been bans on trans-fats.  They have tried to take toys out of McDonald’s Happy Meals to make them less attractive to children.  And let’s not forget the war on smoking.  They have put pictures of diseased lungs on the packaging to get us to quit.  They have made it illegal to smoke a cigarette pretty much everywhere to protect others from second-hand smoke (though no studies exist showing that there is even a risk due to second hand smoke just as there was no study showing egg cholesterol was bad for you).  They have even discussed bans on third-hand smoke (the ashtray smell you leave behind after smoking).

Government is regulating our lives to save us from ourselves.  Because we engage in behavior too risky for our own good.  Except for two behaviors.  Drugs.  As Colorado has decriminalized marijuana (without any regard to our diseased lungs, second-hand smoke or third-hand smoke).  And sex.  As they give out free birth-control to encourage our young people to have as much sex as they so desire.  And provide access to abortion when that fails.  Despite the slew of venereal diseases all that sex has given our young people.  Including AIDS (see A Resisted Pill to Prevent H.I.V. by DAVID TULLER posted 12/30/2013 on The New York Times).

Over a cup of tea at a downtown Starbucks, Michael Rubio recalled how four friends became H.I.V. positive through unprotected sex, all within a year…

The very existence of that option represents a startling turn in the too-long history of the AIDS epidemic. Many health experts hoped that the medication — Truvada, a combination of two antiviral drugs that has been used to treat H.I.V. since 2004 — would be exuberantly embraced by H.I.V.-negative gay men. Instead, Truvada has been slow to catch on as an H.I.V. preventive in the 18 months since the strategy’s approval by the Food and Drug Administration. In some quarters, the idea that healthy gay men should take a medication to prevent infection — an approach called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP — has met with hostility or indifference…

For 30 years, public health officials have aggressively promoted condom use during every sexual encounter as the only effective method, apart from abstinence, for preventing H.I.V. transmission. Still, 50,000 new infections are occurring annually in the United States; sexual transmission between men accounts for more than half of them, and a disproportionate number among African-Americans and other minorities.

Many experts hailed Truvada as an opportunity to reduce new infections among high-risk groups like young gay men, people in relationships with H.I.V.-positive partners, and prostitutes. The F.D.A. called for prescriptions to be accompanied by counseling, frequent H.I.V. testing, and continued promotion of safer sex, although research suggests that daily use of the pill alone confers close to full protection.

But a generational shift in attitudes toward H.I.V. among gay men may also be playing a role, some experts say. With advances in treatment, many younger men who did not experience the worst years of the epidemic are less fearful of the consequences of infection. Moreover, current medications can lower viral levels in H.I.V.-positive people to the point where the risk of transmission is negligible, further reducing the perceived need for PrEP among H.I.V.-negative partners…

Certainly, “condom fatigue” among gay men is real. The proportion who reported unprotected anal sex in the previous year rose to 57 percent in 2011 from 48 percent in 2005, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Obamacare will pay for AIDS and HIV treatment.  But will people with AIDS/HIV pay more for their Obamacare?  Probably not.  Smokers will pay more, though.  Despite it being easier to prevent AIDS/HIV than lung cancer from smoking.  For you can still have anal sex without being at risk for catching AIDS/HIV if you wear a condom.  But you can’t smoke without putting yourself at risk every time.  Because when you smoke you pull in that cancer-causing smoke into your lungs.  Yet as preventable as AIDS/HIV is 57% of gay men have unprotected sex.  Which you can’t define as anything but willful and dangerous behavior.

But the left has no harsh words for the gay community.  Unlike they do for smokers.  Why?  Because the gay community votes Democrat.  As do young people.  Who believe that 30% or more of the population is gay.  While a 2010 study by the Williams Institute put the number at 3.5%.  But the young believe that 3 out of every 10 people (instead of 3.5 out of 100) identify themselves as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.  And want to be progressive and enlightened and cool and so unlike their parents that they want to show their enlightened support for them.  Which is another reason why they vote Democrat.  In addition to the sex and drugs the Democrats encourage.

Until gay men wear condoms all of the time or abstain from willful and dangerous unprotected anal sex AIDS/HIV will spread.  (If these young gay men were in monogamous relationships they wouldn’t be spreading AIDS/HIV).  And it won’t be just in the gay community.  Thanks to bisexuals, intravenous drug users and prostitutes the disease will migrate to others who think they are being progressive and enlightened to have as much sex as the Democrats encourage them to have.  Guaranteeing a large voting block for the anti-parents (i.e., Democrats) come Election Day.  And they don’t care how many lives they destroy in the process.  But if you want to enjoy a cigarette or a big juicy burger look out.  They are coming after you and your reckless lifestyle.  Unless, of course, you’re smoking a marijuana cigarette.  And eating that big greasy burger afterward because you have the munchies.  Because there’s nothing wrong with that lifestyle.  Because you’re likely a Democrat voter.

The temperance movement took off in large part due to the STDs husbands brought home to their wives after drinking away their paychecks at the local saloon.  And then making bad decisions when drunk.  Like spending what money they didn’t spend on alcohol on prostitutes.  Bringing home syphilis to many an unsuspecting wife.  Who passed it on to their unborn children.  It was the progressives that try to put a stop to that with Prohibition.  Including women like Susan B. Anthony.  Now look at the progressives.  Who are a far cry from those who once wanted to protect women and children.  Who now champion some of the most dangerous behavior women and children can face.  Sex and drugs.  Just to win elections.  Something Susan B. Anthony would not likely approve of if she were alive today.

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The Democrats’ War on Women creates Naive Women in the Porn Industry

Posted by PITHOCRATES - September 21st, 2013

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Kids today are so much more mature and responsible than they were in prior generations.  Which is why the left hands out free birth control.  And makes sure our school kids have access to abortion.  And the morning after pill without parental notification.  Because our kids are just so mature, well-informed and responsible.  Unlike some professional sex workers (se ‘A piece of paper that says you’re clean doesn’t mean anything’: First porn star to go public over contracting HIV says she was naive to trust industry checks by Daily Mail Reporter posted 9/12/2013 on Mail Online).

Cameron Bay, the adult film actress who recently contracted HIV, is calling for more porn producers to encourage the use of safe sex on set.

The 29-year-old actress says she was naive to trust industry STD tests and said other performers told her not to ask for condoms.

‘I learned that there’s always someone younger and sexier, willing to do something you’re not,’ Bay told the Huffington Post. ‘I think we need more choices because of that. Condoms should be a choice.’

Bay performed in her first porn scene a few months ago but, after just nine more scenes, she tested positive for HIV.

So this makes her 28-29 when she entered the porn business.  Which is pretty old in the porn industry.  For it is a business for “younger and sexier” women.  Which just begs the question.  Why are there so many “younger and sexier” women just waiting to enter such a horrible business?  You hear stories like this often.  About how exploitative the porn business is.  Yet there is always someone “younger and sexier” just waiting to take someone’s horrible job away from them.

The actress does not know when or from whom she contacted the disease, but admitted that none of the male performers she worked with used condoms.

Bay said another actress told her: ‘Don’t even bring it up because they have somebody waiting to replace you…’

Bay, who also had to be treated in hospital after contracting a kidney infection after one film, said all but one of her scenes were filmed in Los Angeles, and one was filmed in San Francisco.

The San Francisco one, which involved bondage and anal sex, was the only set to have offered her the option of a condom, but Bay said she didn’t feel she needed one because her male co-star had a negative STD test.

‘I was new to the industry. When I was told that I was safe to shoot, I was like, “OK, cool”,’ she said. ‘I had no idea. I really didn’t understand…’

She was 28-29 and yet she had no idea and didn’t understand.  And yet we’re giving birth control, access to abortion and the morning after pill without parental notification to girls as young as 15.  Because they’re mature enough to make these decisions without parental notification.  How can that be?  A 15-year old girl is mature enough to be sexually active with multiple sex partners but a 28-29 year old woman is not?

The Democrats raised the whole Republican war on women during the 2012 campaign because the Republicans did not want to sexualize women as much as the Democrats did.  Giving them everything they need to be sexually active with multiple sex partners.  Just to get the youth vote.  For there is nothing more important to the young, cool crowd than acting like adults when it comes to sex.  Well, if it wasn’t for this sexually liberated attitude perhaps there wouldn’t be any “younger and sexier” women just waiting to take over someone’s horrible job in the porn industry.

After her HIV diagnosis, a six-day moratorium was put in place to prevent further cases being spread.

However, a week after the moratorium was lifted, two more porn actors, including Bay’s boyfriend Rod Daily, tested positive for HIV…

She added that had she been properly informed she would have demanded a condom each time she worked, adding: ‘At the end of the day, it’s about your safety. And a piece of paper that says you’re clear to shoot doesn’t mean anything.’

When people first started contracting HIV it wasn’t called the porn disease.  It was called the ‘gay’ disease.  Because it came out of the gay community.  If you ever watched the movie Cruising with Al Pacino you’ll understand why.  The gay scene in the Eighties was very hedonistic.  Men went to gay bars and clubs to meet and have sex with other men.  Sometimes without even leaving the club.  These men had so many sexual partners that the disease had spread throughout the gay community before they even identified the disease.

HIV is not a porn disease.  It is everywhere where people are sexually active with multiple partners.  In fact, the porn industry is probably the safest place to be to have sex with multiple partners without catching HIV.  For there is mandatory testing.  Unlike in the general population where people may have infected 10 people before they are diagnosed with the disease.  And only after exhibiting symptoms of the disease.  At which point they may keep that diagnosis a secret.  And continue to infect further sex partners.   Which they can’t do in the porn industry.  Because that diagnosis isn’t secret.

There aren’t many prim and proper virgins entering the porn industry.  To be able to have sex on camera requires a certain lax attitude about sex.  An attitude that develops after having so much sex that it really isn’t that big of a deal anymore.  Which begs the question.  Who gave HIV to whom?  Did some porn actor spread it to her and her boyfriend?  Did she give it to her boyfriend?  Or did her boyfriend give it to her?  Outside the porn industry?  Which isn’t that hard to believe.  Considering how much casual sex there is these days.  Thanks to the Democrats who have sexualized young people in exchange for their vote.

It’s sad.  Porn executives exploit young women to make a buck.  Just as the Democrats exploit young women to get a vote.  And if it weren’t for Democrats there would probably not be much of a porn industry.  As there wouldn’t be a long line of “younger and sexier” women waiting to enter the industry.  Making it the Democrats, then, who have a war on women.

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The Sexual Revolution objectified Women and led to an Epidemic of Young Single Mothers and STDs

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 17th, 2013

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Women liberated themselves in the Sixties.  Gone were the days of finding a man to marry and settling down to raise a family.  The way it used to be in the Fifties.  In romantic comedies.  And in romance novels.  Where a woman meets the man of her dreams.  They get married.  And live happily ever after.  This is the hell the sexual revolution freed woman from in the Sixties.  And now they are free to enjoy their sexuality.  By giving it away to as many men as they please.  Which pleased a lot of men.  And more and more high school boys (see Victoria’s Secret’s Customers Keep Getting Younger by Ashley Lutz posted 2/16/2013 on Business Insider).

Ten years ago, Victoria’s Secret sold lingerie to women in their twenties.

Today, the lingerie retailer is luring in young girls by offering underwear that is cute instead of sexy, reports Sapna Maheshwari at Bloomberg News.

The highly-popular Pink line is technically marketed toward college girls ages 18 to 22.

“When somebody’s 15 or 16-years-old, what do they want to be?” Stuart Burgdoerfer, CFO of Victoria’s Secret, said at a conference last month. “They want to be older, and they want to be cool like the girl in college, and that’s part of the magic of what we do at Pink.”

You know what cool girls do in college?  They party.  That means they drink, do drugs and have sex.  When these cool college girls go on spring break they party so much that some star in amateur porn.  For free.  There are so many cool girls letting loose on spring break that they’ve built a video franchise around them.  Girls Gone Wild.  This is not what 15 and 16 year girls should be aspiring to.  Instead of focusing so much on buying cute underwear they should be hitting the books.  Getting good grades in math and science.  So they can pursue whatever career they choose.  Using their brains.  Instead of just trying to be pretty.

The whole point of the women’s liberation movement was to get away from thinking about women as sexual objects.  Of course you wouldn’t know that based on the 2012 presidential campaign.  When all the feminists urged young women to vote Democrat lest they lose their birth control or access to abortion.  For apparently that was more important to women than any other issue.  Their ability to have as much casual sex as possible.  Which seems to benefit men more than women.  While women have more to lose (see Why youths aren’t getting tested for HIV by Sari Zeidler posted 2/16/2013 on CNN).

The 25-year-old mother of two is poised. Sitting in a boardroom at AID Atlanta, an HIV outreach facility in Atlanta where she volunteers, she exudes confidence.

But Traylor is HIV positive.

According to the CDC, 50,000 Americans are infected with HIV each year, and 25% of those are between the ages of 13 and 24.

Sixty percent of youth with HIV don’t know they have it, despite recommendations from the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Traylor got her first HIV test as a teenager when someone living with the disease gave a presentation at her high school. She was about 16 and already a teen mother at the time. She knew she had been having unprotected sex and wanted to stay healthy for her young son.

At the time, Traylor was in what she believed was a monogamous relationship. During her annual doctor’s visit, she was disturbed to realize she had to ask specifically for an HIV test on top of a standard STD panel. She insisted on taking the test even though her doctor told her — as a heterosexual woman involved in a monogamous relationship — that she was low risk.

Later Taylor broke up with her boyfriend and began a new committed relationship. That was the year her life changed. Despite vigilance in testing, Traylor wasn’t prepared for what she found out at her doctor’s visit that year: She was HIV positive. Two weeks later she learned she was pregnant with her second child.

She thought she was in a monogamous relationship.  But thanks to birth control and abortion boys are like a kid in a candy store.  They may profess their love and say she is the only one.  But with all those young girls out there buying that cute underwear and no doubt eager to show it off (unlike their utilitarian granny panties that kids will make fun of any girl wearing them) how can a boy remain monogamous?  His body is surging with hormones.  And so many young girls want to be like the cool girls in college.  Who are very popular girls.  As they like having fun the way adults like having fun.  And you can’t stop these boys.  You can’t tell them to stop having sex.  Because boys will be boys.  That’s why they give away birth control in high school.  For there is just no way to stop the sex.

It’s rather ironic, really.  That women’s rights have come down to keeping birth control and abortion services abundant and accessible.  But who does that really benefit?  Girls who may end up with two babies before they’re 18?  Girls who come down with an STD or test positive for HIV?  Or girls who are both single mothers and HIV positive?  Girls who are not likely to complete high school and go on to college.  And on to a career that the women’s liberation movement opened up to them?  Or is it benefitting boys who are having multiple sex partners despite telling each girl that she’s the only one?  Boys who are leaving these girls to grow up as single mothers?  Or to grow up with HIV?  Or both?

One could call this the greatest con against women ever.  Men have made young women want to become sexual objects.  So men can enjoy having sex with a variety of women.  Without having to marry and settle down with one sex partner for the rest of their life.  Something most women want.  Monogamy.  Based on the success of romantic comedies.  And romance novels.  But today we’ve replaced living happily ever after with an active sex life.  Something that men love.  Who are clearly benefitting more from the sexual revolution than women are.  For they’re getting more of what they want.  And they don’t have biological clocks ticking away.

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