STD epidemic: MSM and CDC suffer from factophobia
A news report shouldn’t typically evoke laughter, especially if it’s not meant to be funny. Bloomberg news reporter, Elizabeth Lopatto’s take on the CDC’s latest, and alarming, report on escalating STDs is not meant to make anyone laugh. But the typical liberal approach to facts has gotten to be absurd. The CDC’s 2012 report (just released on January 8, 2014) indicates that syphilis, which can lead to blindness and strokes, has risen 11.1% in one year. All of these cases are among men, and mostly homosexual males who comprise 75% of all syphilis cases. Gonorrhea has increased as well since 2011 by 4.1% and disproportionately among homosexual men. Since 2009, the nation’s gonorrhea rate has increased, with a current total of 334,826 cases reported in 2012. Contracting STDs also make sexually active individuals, especially homosexual males, far more prone to HIV infection.
Here is where the “humor” comes in. Both the reporter and the CDC blame these drastic increases in STDs among homosexual men on…drum roll please…homophobia! Never mind our culture has hurtled toward a bizarre hypocritical environment that demands tolerance and the embrace of homosexuality. So as societal acceptance of homosexuality has increased, the CDC and Bloomberg insist that gay men with STD infections are less likely to seek medical treatment? No one, whether homosexual or heterosexual, likes to seek treatment for STDs. There should be a stigma…to behavior that is unhealthy. The CDC does list “individual risk behaviors” as a contributing factor in these STD disparities, but that’s thrown to the wind when you make up a word and a condition to deflect responsibility.
Even more ridiculous is the CDC’s own contradiction. Gail Bolan, the Director of the CDC’s STD Prevention Division, is quoted as saying: “Though the CDC surveyed individuals about risk factors, such as unprotected sex or a higher number of partners, there hasn’t been enough difference in behavior to explain the increase.” Yet a study from the same federal agency found a 20 percent rise in unprotected sex among gay men, including an increase in men who engaged in anal sex from 2005 to 2011. Newsflash CDC Director: That’s a significant, and risky, behavioral change.
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And where is Planned Parenthood in this mix with its half a billion in Title X funding from the American taxpayer? Is the CDC suggesting that that “investment” is failing? Why aren’t the over 800 Planned Parenthood alleged “health centers” treating these men? There’s no stigma there. They aggressively promote unhealthy sexual behaviors among every demographic, and they boast of their increased testing and STD treatments.
Testing is an elevated and celebrated part of the “cure” for STDs—at least for liberals. The CDC has spent millions promoting their GYT (Get Yourself Tested) initiative. I’m not dismissing the importance of testing and treatment. The problem is that it doesn’t solve the issue of the unhealthy choice that led to the infection in the first place. It’s as inane as running a GYW (Get Yourself Weighed) campaign while not emphasizing the crucial importance of radically changing ones eating habits. Is there “safe-binging” or “safe-purging” or “safe gluttony”. I think not.
STDs are not a laughing matter. A culture obsessed with reckless sex, whether heterosexual or homosexual, is experiencing the ramifications of poor choices. There are many complications to STDs, even those that are treatable. While pop culture continues to gratify itself in erasing desperately needed moral boundaries, people are suffering. Those who speak the truth are constantly demonized for caring and daring to talk openly about the statistics and the behaviors that lead to them. STDs aren’t the only diseases that need to be cured. Epidemic levels of factophobia plague our news media and federal health sources that are supposed to educate the public, not indoctrinate us.
Reprinted with permission from The Radiance Foundation