Homosexuality and AIDS
In relation to homosexuality and AIDS, the original spread of AIDS is generally attributed to the promiscuity of homosexual men. Originally the syndrome was called the "gay disease" because the overwhelming majority of patients were homosexual men.
In 2019, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website declared:
|“||Gay and bisexual mena are the population most affected by HIV in the United States. In 2016, gay and bisexual men accounted for 67% of the 40,324 new HIV diagnoses in the United States and 6 dependent areas. Approximately 492,000 sexually active gay and bisexual men are at high risk for HIV...||”|
In September 2010, Reuters reported: "Nearly one in five gay and bisexual men in 21 major U.S. cities are infected with HIV, and nearly half of them do not know it". A September 2010 report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported : "Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) represent approximately 2% of the US population, yet are the population most severely affected by HIV and are the only risk group in which new HIV infections have been increasing steadily since the early 1990s. In 2006, MSM accounted for more than half (53%) of all new HIV infections in the United States..." In August 2009, LifeSiteNews reported: "An official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the CDC's estimate Monday that in the United States AIDS is fifty times more prevalent among men who have sex with men ('MSM') than the rest of the population." Of newly diagnosed HIV infections in the United States during the year 2003, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that about 63% were among men who were infected through sexual contact with other men.
As of 1998, fifty-four percent of all AIDS cases in the United States were homosexual men, and the CDC stated that nearly ninety percent of these men acquired HIV through sexual activity with other men.
There is considerable controversy around the modes of AIDS transmission in Africa. In general, however, it is believed that a high proportion of cases arise from heterosexual activity or from healthcare transmission (e.g. infected needles).
Male homosexual acts account for a large proportion of AIDS transmission in the US and Europe, but AIDS transmission as a result of lesbian sex acts are low (and lower than for heterosexuals).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 1994 to 1997 the proportion of homosexual men stating they had anal sex increased from 57.6 percent to 61.2 percent. Studies report that anal sex may be an important risk factor for the relay of many diseases. For example, in 2004, Jeffrey D. Klausner, Robert Kohn, and Charlotte Kent reported in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases that proctitis significantly increases the likelihood of HIV infection.
In 2004, the prominent medical website, WebMD, stated the following: "[Bisexual] Men who have sex with men and women are a "significant bridge for HIV to women," the CDC's new data suggest."
In 2006, the number of cases of HIV in children who had been sexually molested by homosexual men, reached a record high.
Modern AIDS treatment and its current significant reduction in mortality
In 2018, website Managed Care declared in their article HIV/AIDS treatment drastically reduces mortality and helps to limit transmission:
|“|| Death rates from HIV/AIDS plummeted from a high in the United States of 41,699 in 1995 to 6,456 in 2015 (the latest year for which statistics are available). HIV/AIDS treatment is a health care success story. In 1994, HIV/AIDS became the leading cause of death for Americans ages 25 to 44. About 675,000 people in the United States have died from AIDS since that first report about a mysterious lung infection in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report in 1981...
The caveats: About 40,000 Americans are newly infected every year. And HIV infection is still among the top 10 leading causes of death among Americans between the ages of 25 and 44.
In 2016, The Daily Beast pointed out that there is growing evidence that HIV is mutating to become resistant to antiviral drugs.
- HIV and Gay and Bisexual Men, Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, Accessed February 2, 2019, CDC website is at https://www.cdc.gov
- HIV Prevalence, Unrecognized Infection, and HIV Testing Among Men Who Have Sex with Men --- Five U.S. Cities, June 2004--April 2005
- Health risks of the homosexual lifestyle
- The Negative Health Effects of Homosexuality
- Intestinal Parasitism among Homosexual Male
- HIV/AIDS treatment drastically reduces mortality and helps to limit transmission, Managed Care, 2018
- Are We Creating Drug-Resistant HIV? by Kent Sepkowitz, Daily Beast, 02.22.16