Friday, March 19, 2010

CDC report: gay men almost twice as likely to be HIV+

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a new report recently on HIV and AIDS infections which underscores the disproportionate impact of the disease on homosexual men.

According to the data survey, homosexual men;

- Account for nearly half of the over one million people in the U.S. living with HIV (48%, or about 532,000 persons)

- Account for over 53% of new infections, or about 28,700 new infections

- Are 44 times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV or AIDS (522-989 per 100,000, as opposed to 12 per 100,000 other men)

- Are the only risk group in which new HIV infections are increasing.  New infections amongst heterosexuals and intravenous drug users have been steadily declining.

You can read the report here.

I'm not writing this to suggest that HIV and AIDS are a punishment from God for the sin of homosexuality.  Far from it.  But I believe it's becoming more abundantly clear that homosexuality is not the safe alternative lifestyle that it has been touted to be.

This is not a problem that can be cured by access to more condoms, or by blaming it on "homophobia".  This problem can only be alleviated by chastity and abstinence.  It's imperative that more people encourage chastity in the face of the threat of AIDS, or we will never win the battle.

Pax Christi.

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