HIV Infection Tends To Be Concentrated Where Sex Education Is Lacking

  • metta

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    Apr 13, 2013 5:23 AM GMT
    HIV Infection Tends To Be Concentrated Where Sex Education Is Lacking

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/03/02/hiv-infection-tends-to-be-concentrated-where-sex-education-is-lacking/
  • BronxvilleNY3...

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    Apr 13, 2013 1:56 PM GMT
    I am not sure about that finding. Obviously education plays a very important role, but if you analyze the distribution in the map, the highest incidence points are toward areas with more density in population.
    CDC is the best source about the topic, but I personally think that incidence of HIV in the US might response not only to lack education, but several other parameters that are together attached.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Apr 14, 2013 3:28 AM GMT
    BronxvilleNY38 saidI am not sure about that finding. Obviously education plays a very important role, but if you analyze the distribution in the map, the highest incidence points are toward areas with more density in population.
    CDC is the best source about the topic, but I personally think that incidence of HIV in the US might response not only to lack education, but several other parameters that are together attached.


    This. Rates are equally high -- based on the map in the link -- in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, D.C., Maryland, and Illinois. Is that an education problem? The author seems to have a axe to grind against the South and just decided the ignore half of the states with the highest rates of new infection to make a political point.

    As I recall, new infections tend to be highest, like Bronxville points out, in densely populated or growing areas, especially in gayborhoods. I'm as Democratic as the next guy, but HIV should be exempt from bloggers' red state vs. blue state partisan pissing contests, this is a human concern.
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    Apr 14, 2013 3:32 AM GMT
    What's new? We already know education correlates with HIV prevention. Likewise, I doubt the author would deny the intersectionality and complexity of this issue.
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    Apr 14, 2013 3:36 AM GMT
    Massachusetts does not have an education problem thats where im from, and it has one of the best school systems
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    Apr 14, 2013 3:40 AM GMT
    nevz saidLikewise, I doubt the author would deny the intersectionality and complexity of this issue.


    Of course he does, that's what makes the premise of his article so irresponsible. He looks like petty partisan hack willfully ignoring that half of his data conflicts with his central thesis. He's peddling crap and he knows it.

    One of the reasons soft bigotry continues to be a problem is because blue staters have (inaccurately) convinced themselves that since they don't live in the South they're exempt from racism. The last thing we need is dudes in West Hollywood, the Castro, and Boystown thinking they're less likely to contract HIV because they don't live in a red state.
  • Jonathan16

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    Apr 14, 2013 3:42 AM GMT
    Blame Grindr & Jackd
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    Apr 14, 2013 8:23 AM GMT
    Jonathan16 saidBlame Grindr & Jackd

    NO, blame people you twat!

    People are responsible for their actions not some stupid app!
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    Apr 14, 2013 10:19 AM GMT
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    Isn't that a quite obvious relation?
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    Apr 14, 2013 12:34 PM GMT
    The relationship may be not only lack of sex education, where red-state politicians have deliberately defunded it for ideological reasons, but also lack of education overall, in portions of blue-states where the school system is generally poor, primarily in poverty-stricken urban inner city areas.

    So that the connection between higher HIV infection rates and low education levels remains. Just as similar relationships have been noted between education level and teen pregnancy rates. Unwise & unsafe sexual activity is more likely to occur among the uninformed than among the informed.

    Whether the cause in each specific instance is defunding of sex education programs, or a broken education system overall, or a lack of adult mentoring at home, uninformed is still uninformed. And that's the message I get from statistics like these. Which makes a case for better general education, and better sex education, both inside schools and reinforced at home.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Apr 15, 2013 6:52 AM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    So that the connection between higher HIV infection rates and low education levels remains...

    Whether the cause in each specific instance is defunding of sex education programs, or a broken education system overall, or a lack of adult mentoring at home, uninformed is still uninformed.


    Sorry, West Hollywood, CA does not have a 40% (and rising) infection rate because it is a "low education" and "urban" (white people code for black/Latino) area. It's none of those things. Ditto Boystown in Chicago, all of San Francisco, and decidedly white/non-urban/and super-informed gay enclaves in the Northeast.

    HIV infection IS due to stigma and misinformation regardless of sex education, and it is not due to red state or "urban" sex education issues. That's complete utter bullshit, and the people who spread misinformation about this illness for partisan purposes should be ashamed of themselves for contributing to problem. Misinformation kills. Stop it.
  • metta

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    Apr 18, 2013 4:52 PM GMT
    Ohio Sex Education Bill Threatens Teachers With $5K Fine


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/18/ohio-sex-education_n_3109223.html?ncid=txtlnkushpmg00000037
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    May 06, 2013 8:13 PM GMT
    HIV education has been around a long time now; albeit parts of the US may be still lacking. I well recall our darkest years during the Gay Plague Era. I recall before it even had a name, let alone a blood test and with that blood test came knowledge. Knowledge some took and knowledge some disregarded and put the enjoyment of their dick before that of human life; I seen it time and time again; even had some of those truly deranged try to also give me a slow humiliating death; yet failed to do to me as another did to them.

    If this was true then the rise of HIV in the GLB communities would not be a growing issues now would it.