Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

The new face of AIDS.

It's horrible news that more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. now have AIDS. (I guess that's what happens when politicians cut sex education funding. As a result, new AIDS cases amongst men, which were falling during the nineties, rose 41% from 1999 to 2003.)

The latest information reveals a new face to AIDS that is significantly different than public perceptions:

  • Gay and bisexual men make up only 45% -- a minority -- of new AIDS cases.
  • Over 27% of new AIDS cases come through heterosexual sexual conduct.
  • Approximately 27% of new AIDS cases are related to drug use.
  • Of these newly infected drug users, the great majority are heterosexual.
  • Over 25% of those living with AIDS are women.
  • Over 50% of new AIDS cases in the U.S. are contracted by black Americans.
  • Over one in 50 black males in the United States is infected with HIV.
  • AIDS infections for Asian and Pacific Islanders went up by 39.7%.

In other words, what we are looking at here is the emurgence of a minority-oriented, primarily heterosexual disease, which spreads through ignorance, poverty, and an unwillingness of conservative politicians and religious groups to fight the disease in a realistic, comprohensive manner.

"Just say no" doesn't work.


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