HIV or human immunodeficiency virus is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Unlike some other viruses, the human body cannot get rid of HIV. That means that once you have HIV, you have it for life.
The virus is spread through body fluids such as blood, semen (cum), vaginal fluids, and breast milk. In the United States, HIV is most commonly passed from one person to another through unprotected anal or vaginal sex and through sharing needles or other drug equipment.
Great strides in tackling HIV/AIDS have been made across the world, with the number of new infections plunging by a third between 2001 and 2012, when 2.3 million people contracted the virus.
But the AFP reports that on July 11, 2014, the UN health agency World Health Organization (WHO) warned that HIV infections are rising among homosexual men in many parts of the world.
Gottfried Hirnschall, who heads WHO’s HIV department, calls the rise “exploding.” Infection rates are rising again among men who have sex with men — the group at the epicentre of AIDS pandemic when it first emerged 33 years ago, he told reporters in Geneva. A younger generation that has grown up among new treatments that make it possible to live with HIV are less focused on the disease. Today, this group is 19 times more likely than the general population to be infected by HIV. In Bangkok for instance, the incidence of HIV among men who have sex with men stands at 5.7%, compared to less than 1% for the overall population.
In its new recommendations for combating the HIV/AIDS pandemic, published on July 11, for the first time WHO “strongly recommends men who have sex with men consider taking antiretroviral medicines as an additional method of preventing HIV infection”.
US authorities made the same recommendation in May.
Taking pre-exposure prophylaxis medication, for instance as a single daily pill combining two antiretrovirals, in addition to using condoms, has been estimated to cut HIV incidence among such men by 20-25%, which means up to one million new infections among sodomites over 10 years can be averted.
The new guidelines also apply to other high-risk groups, such as transgender people, prisoners, people who inject drugs, and sex workers. Together with male homosexuals, these high-risk groups account for about half of all new HIV infections worldwide.
Globally, transgender women and injecting drug users are around 50 times more likely than the general population to contract HIV, while sex workers have a 14-fold higher chance of getting infected, according to WHO.
Hirnschall said “Progress is however uneven” and warned that failing to address the still sky-high HIV incidence among certain groups was putting the overall battle against the deadly disease at risk.
Promoting condom use, wide-spread voluntary HIV testing, treating at-risk individuals with antiretrovirals, voluntary male circumcision and needle exchange programs are among WHO’s recommendations for battling the disease.
I notice abstinence, the virtues of prudence and of honesty (informing your sex partner you are infected) are not among WHO’s recommendations. [Snark]
In fact, on page 3 of the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) guide for young people living with HIV, “Healthy, Happy and Hot,” the IPPF actually says that those with HIV have “the right” to not disclose their HIV status to their sex partners!
It appears that like the IPPF, the be-all and end-all of WHO is an active sex life — “Do As Thou Wilt” — which is the central principle of the Church of Satan.
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