This post was guest blogged by Dan Tanner of dan-ruth-tanner.com
There has been a lot of debate between scientists and people with a misplaced sense of ethnic pride for the most part, about the origin of this horrible disease. That is history, and should only be of importance to medical researchers who seek to prevent the rise of new diseases. That is because, AIDS probably had an inter-species origin, and like dreaded Ebola or monkey-pox, may have first arisen in people in Africa who because of drought and/or poverty were forced to eat â€œbush meatâ€.
Another inter-species danger: all influenzas. They arise in birds, and only some evolve to attack humans. Todayâ€™s â€œbird fluâ€ is a danger to those with prolonged and close contact with infected birds, usually with chickens or ducks in mostly poor countries. But the last bad â€œbird fluâ€ in 1919 killed about 50 million people worldwide. It is said to have first transferred from chicken to human in the US Midwest, where a soldier from the farm family then spread it at Fort Devens, Massachusetts.
But for those of us who arenâ€™t researchers, the important thing is to prevent the spread of diseases that are already in the general population. The New York Times article shows that the rise of AIDS is not tied to any ethnic group, but rather to the disgusting and perverted practices of male homosexuals. But once a man has the virus, he can easily spread it to women he may have sex with, and women thus infected can thus spread it to other male partners. And, of course, any contact with any bodily fluid from an infected person poses a danger to the healthy.
In a recent article published on nytimes.com â€“ titled: H.I.V Diagnosis Rates Continue to Rise among Young Men, African-Americans – speakers about how H.I.V. and AIDS in men whoâ€™re having sex with men rose significantly between 2001 and 2006 while the was a decline in other demographic groups.
The increase in diagnoses was especially high among males between the ages of 13 and 24, with an annual increase of 12.4 percent, compared to 1.5 percent for men overall. The annual increase was still higher among young African-American men who have sex with men, nearly 15 percent.
Fortunately, Dominica is not under the sway of the powerful pro-homosexual lobby, as is the US and most of Europe. I will be very happy to move from a place where one must be â€œpolitically correctâ€ when speaking about homosexuality, and from where so-called â€œsame-sex marriageâ€ is allowed to Dominica, where I donâ€™t expect such an abomination to ever be tolerated. (At least, I believe, not in my lifetime!) I believe that Dominica will wisely continue to proscribe homosexual acts in law as a way of safeguarding public health.