HIV/AIDS Skepticism

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Fear-mongering works, and surveys re-discover the obvious

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2009/05/24

To laugh or to cry?

Blacks more worried about HIV than Whites
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Blacks are six times more likely to be very concerned about becoming infected with HIV than Whites, a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation has disclosed.” ”

Question: “Bearing in mind the different ways people can be infected with HIV, how concerned are you personally about becoming infected with HIV?”
38% of Blacks but only 6% of Whites said that they were “very concerned”.
13% of Blacks but only 10% of Whites said that they were “somewhat concerned”.
When the “very concerned” and “somewhat concerned” responses were combined,
51% of Blacks but only 16 % of Whites expressed a high degree of fear.

Congratulations to the survey gurus.
“Very concerned” and “somewhat concerned” are such precise terms that every respondent must surely have interpreted them in the same way.
Brilliant, to add “very concerned” to “somewhat concerned” and find they add up to “high degree of fear”.

Is there any correlation, between how concerned Blacks feel as compared to Whites, and the incessant propaganda pouring out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that HIV/AIDS in the United States has become a disease of Black communities?

Is there any correlation between blacks being 6 times as likely as whites to be worried and the data bombarding them from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the effect that blacks are 7-20 times as likely as whites to test “HIV-positive”?

“Blacks view HIV/AIDS far more seriously than any other group.”
Why would they? Just because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps telling them they are the ones at risk?

“The Black community has been devastated by HIV/AIDS. Although the Census Bureau reports that Blacks make up only 12 percent of the U.S. population, they represent about half of all new AIDS cases.”
Why one Earth would they worry about that?

Or about the other facts reported:
Black women account for 61% of all new HIV infections among women.
46% of Black gay men were HIV-positive compared to 21% of White gay men.
Black teenagers are 16% of those aged 13 to 19 but represent 69% of all new AIDS cases among teens.

“This is a tribute to the amazing job Black media is doing keeping HIV/AIDS on the radar in Black communities,” Phill Wilson, CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, said.
Yes indeed.
Keep them worrying.

“Misconceptions still persist about transmission of HIV, the report noted. For example, 27 percent of those questioned incorrectly thought that HIV could be transmitted by sharing a drinking glass, another 17 percent wrongly thought the virus could be passed along by touching a toilet seat and 14 percent mistakenly believed that they could become infected by being in a swimming pool with someone HIV-positive.”
Well, what would YOU believe? That your kinspeople are having unsafe sex and shooting drugs, or that they are getting infected despite their precautions?

“The report shows that we must do a better job of educating the public,” said C. Virginia Fields, president of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. “People need to know the basic facts about this devastating epidemic.”
No. You’re doing just fine. You’ve got them properly worried.

And the legend of the down-low is still thriving:
“Trystin K. Francis, an openly gay resident of Washington, D.C., says he has been approached by married men in malls and department stores.
‘This one man was with his wife or girlfriend and I was by myself. When he got away from her, it’s like, “Hey, how are you? Can I get your number? Can I call you?” It’s the weirdest feeling.’
He added, ‘If you went to a gay club to observe what was going on, you’d be surprised by how many men are in there that look straight and probably have a girlfriend. The girlfriend is probably thinking he is probably out with the boys, it’s poker night, or they’re going to a sports bar when, in fact, they are going out to this club. Their boyfriend or husband is at a gay club getting phone numbers from men and possibly bringing some of these men around you. I’ve talked to friends over the years who have said, “I’ve met the wife, I’ve met the kids, I’ve babysat the kids and she didn’t know and I’m not saying anything.”
—- “Black Women Contract HIV/AIDS Mostly Through Heterosexual Activity”, George E. Curry, 5/20/2009, The Seattle Medium — Part of the BlackPressUSA Network

7 Responses to “Fear-mongering works, and surveys re-discover the obvious”

  1. Cry as I might, Henry, but this absurdity has to be rooted in the sheer fact that the dead-and-dying paradigm needs a continuous influx of newbies to stay alive. They might have tapped out the gay-men market by now.

    Speaking of crying though, it’s tough not to when you look at the truly affected, like God forbid if you’re gay AND black. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r07y3ED3gXU

  2. Martin said

    In Boston, there are ad posters in mostly in busses that depict either two black men or two black women with the caption: “Get talking. Get tested.”

    While the truly paranoid would consider this an effective campaign for genocide of blacks (which it may well be), it’s more effective as a stigmatization tool.

    It’s sad that with no real evidence that people who obtain a positive result from antibody tests are actually infected with a purported retrovirus, that people who fall into the “infected” catagory have their lives turned completely upside down.

  3. http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~ruckerj/johnson_raphael_prison-AIDSpaper6-06.pdf

    Rucker C. Johnson and Steven Raphael

    Don’t know if you have this already but it’s a report that draw a direct correlation between HIV rates in Blacks with the higher than average prison incarcerations. This might explain why the disease stays in some areas and does not act like other STD’s.

    Apparently of the men in prison who are 4-7 times more likely to be HIV positive, they are getting released back into society and going on to infect other men and women. The study says maybe half the men in prison engage in male on male sex.

    Also since blacks are in jail more than other races, (due to the war on drugs in my opinion) then they are at greater risk. The research is interesting.

    I have started researching male rape in society and the code of silence and denial that surrounds it, and came across what I saw as a possible correlation between the rapes, male on male sex etc in jails and the HIV rates in black communities, and was happy to find that some research had been done on this.

    • Henry Bauer said

      gangstalking: I appreciate your wanting to bring this to my attention. As it happens, I had known of it when I wrote my book, and refer to it on p. 79. I found it long on speculation and short on data, and compared it to actual studies of transmission in prison that failed to find any, or only a negligible amount:
      Brown, D. 2006. Study refutes idea that many inmates get HIV in prison — surprise finding was frequency of sex with staff. Washington Post, 21 April.
      Horsburgh, C. R., J. Q. Jarvis, T. McArthur, T. Ignacio, and P. Stock. 1990. Seroconversion to human immunodeficiency virus in prison inmates. American Journal of Public Health 80:209–10.
      Kelley, P. W., R. R. Redfield, D. L. Ward, D. S. Burke, and R. N. Miller. 1986. Prevalence and incidence of HTLV-III infection in a prison [letter]. Journal of the American Medical Association 256:2198–9.
      Vlahov, D., F. Brewer, A. Muñoz, D. Hall, E. Taylor, and B. F. Polk. 1989. Temporal trends of human immunodeficiency virus Type 1 (HIV-1) infection among inmates entering a statewide prison system, 1985–1987. Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndromes 2:283–90.

      The version I cited was from 2005, and even then had apparently been in the works for some time. That it has still not been published by now suggests that journal reviewers find it as unconvincing as I did and do.

      • Thanks for pointing out the other references. I will look into them. I don’t want to sound all conspiracy like, but what I am seeing in the research is a real effort to cover up how far and widespread the problem of male rape is in jail, and the fall out from it such as HIV transmission and the problems associated with prisoners getting released back into the community.

        It’s only recently with organizations such as human rights watch that the problem of male rape has really even begun to be looked at in it’s scope. What I found based on the letters the men wrote to the organization was a pattern of cover up’s in regards to their rapes, and thus it’s not too far outside the box to wonder if the rate of transmission might be worst than it seems.

        I wish more recent stats were available, but I guess there is a reason that they are not.

        Still if the rate of transmission is not that bad, you have to wonder why at some prisons one third of the population are HIV positive. Are they just magnets to HIV prisoners or is something else going on?

      • Henry Bauer said

        gangstalking: The fact that “HIV” is not spread in prisons is an entirely separate matter from the question of male rape in prison, because “HIV” is not sexually transmitted. Those who believe the mistaken HIV/AIDS dogma insist that “HIV” MUST spread in prisons BECAUSE they believe it’s sexually transmitted. The facts, however, are that “HIV” doesn’t spread in prisons, see the sources I cited.

  4. Philip said

    Just a few thoughts as I read this thread. Maybe I skipped over the answers to my queries but sorry, I just woke up =). I am wondering how much of the rape is done by staff to inmate and it’s proportion to inmate to inmate? I am also wondering that if it is mostly staff to inmate, then the fact that (assuming sexual transmission is real) a higher proportion of staff to inmate rape could result in less inmate-to-inmate transmission. Transmission, if any, would mostly occur from staff to inmate. Bleh.

    However, even if hiv is not sexually transmitted, the mere fact that foreign semen enters the lymphatic tissue of the large intestine is probably enough to trigger an immune reaction – too much of it and you have exactly what some hiv theorists propose – that AIDS is due to immune system overburden and shutdown. Except overburden from what? “hiv” or simply too much foreign proteins?

    Sorry if that seemed incoherent. I am not a morning person ha ha.

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