Uptick in HIV Cases Worries SF Officials
After six years of steady decreases in new HIV cases in San Francisco, the end of that trend in 2012 is causing concern among local health officials.
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Since: Nov 13
#1 Jan 16, 2014
"HPPC member Laura Thomas, the Drug Policy Alliances deputy state director for California, renewed calls for the city to establish safe injection sites for IDUs as one way to help educate them about knowing their HIV status and providing easy access to clean needles."
Wouldn't it make more sense to get them to stop using, so they're not getting so high that they don't care who or how they're screwing? Or if you're going to take the cynical approach that addicts are beyond help, then just give them megadoses so they don't live long enough to spread the disease. But I can't fathom any city essentially saying, "Hey, come to our taxpayer-funded facility and do your illegal drugs here every day and you can't be arrested."
I find it ironic that the article takes it as matter of course that HIV is primarily affecting gay men and IV drug users. Seems to me there was a multi-million dollar propaganda campaign in the 80s to convince all of us otherwise.
#2 Jan 17, 2014
No, you don't find it ironic. You find it comforting to spread ignorance and defamation.
This is an article about S.F. Of course the AIDS caseload there will be mainly men who have sex with men. Meanwhile, the disease is overwhelmingly one affecting heterosexuals worldwide.
Even in the US HIV/AIDS now correlates just as strongly along race and class lines (and skews towards the young) as it does along ones of sexual orientation. Naturally this statement will not compute to a tee baggr mentality.
Every non fundie xstain knows that clean needles can save lives until, hopefully, an addict can get clean. As for the addict spreading HIV via sex in the interim - using condoms for an al and vag i nal sex remains the responsibility of both partners.
The only propaganda campaign that ever reached your notice was the right wing bigot one of demeaning gay men. Fortunately, homophobia is dying out from the population by demographics...while glbt people are gaining acceptance and political power with each passing month.
Since: Nov 12
#3 Jan 17, 2014
There i really good idea maybe the spread of HIV or Aids would probably stop spreading more then condoning the drug use with new needles. it's suppose to be illegal to do drug but we allow it by giving them new needles instead of getting them help with getting off the drugs duh there's a great idea. And maybe the spread of this disease would not spread so much between drug user.
#4 Jan 18, 2014
Not in this country. It's a gay epidemic here. Some gays are upset that they can't sell/donate their blood.
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