Wednesday, May 14, 2014

African Women, HIV + NY Times Stupidity

If you pretend HIV is not a gay disease in America, then you can be shocked, surprised and confused as to why women make up a higher percentage of HIV infections in Africa than in the developed world. The NY Times goes to extremes to find out why this may be the case (parasites) without asking a simple question: what percentage of HIV infections are gays in sub-Saharan Africa? Sometimes the simplest answer is the right one but no one wants to believe it. Answering questions, or looking at phenomena, is much tougher when the narrative must be shoehorned into every piece of analysis.

The article starts off with a mystery that is so simple any kid who went through the HIV-AIDS scare of the late '80s-early '90s knows the answer.
While around the world a vast majority of AIDS victims are men, Africa has long been the glaring exception: Nearly 60 percent are women. And while there are many theories, no one has been able to prove one. In a modest public health clinic behind a gas station here in South Africa’s rural KwaZulu/Natal Province, a team of Norwegian infectious disease specialists think they may have found a new explanation. It is far too soon to say whether they are right. But even skeptics say the explanation is biologically plausible. And if it is proved correct, a low-cost solution has the potential to prevent thousands of infections every year. The Norwegian team believes that African women are more vulnerable to H.I.V. because of a chronic, undiagnosed parasitic disease: genital schistosomiasis (pronounced shis-to-so-MY-a-sis), often nicknamed “schisto.” 
What percentage of African AIDS cases are gays? Some more tap dancing is later in the article.
For years, theories have abounded as to why African women become infected with H.I.V.: for example, that they are more likely to have overlapping sexual partners — not always by choice — while women elsewhere have boyfriends or husbands in series. That rape, incest and domestic violence are rife in southern Africa, where the AIDS epidemic is worst. That syphilis and herpes are rampant. That impoverished, fatherless young women are forced to pay with sex for food, clothes, grades and even car rides. 
They get infected the same way first world women do, unprotected sex or IV drug use. No IV drug use, it must be unprotected sex. What is "overlapping sex partners"? Is this a euphemism for they have sex with multiple men, which puts them at risk of sex with a super spreader? I am worried I may commit a thought crime here, so New York Times tell me what is safe to think and say. Fortunately, the article does cite experts who doubt this theory. They point out the presence of the schisto parasite in regions with lower HIV infection rates. Anyone ask if the 60% of HIV infections are women lines up with other STDs that show more women infected than men (herpes).

Women make up more infections in Africa because the gay concentration in the developed world. They have problems in Africa like rape, lack of condom use and promiscuity. This parasite explanation is a joke. It does not stand up, but it is not meant to stand up. The theory is being selected and boosted in the Times because the Times wants you to see African ladies in the field and feel pity that a parasite is making them catch the HIV. Shucks, why are women 60% of HIV cases in Africa but much less elsewhere? Do not mention the gay vector to the disease being different in different regions. Cannot mention a negative feature to gays. Could it be rape, avoidance of condoms and promiscuity? No, do not mention that. Come on, what about rape? No, that is a cause but not enough of a cause to explain the numbers, plus we cannot mention the rape epidemic of southern Africa (the glorious rainbow nation). HIV causes the progressive media to play hopscotch often because the most afflicted are protected groups and it is usually a preventable disease. It is not the fault of the women. It is not the fault of rapists and men who cannot be bothered to use a condom (weird, African descendants are overrepresented in HIV infections in the US, too, hmmm). It is a bug. A parasite you cannot see, but you pick up simply by being outside. Oh cruel fates.


peterike said...

Well the whole AIDS thing in the U.S. could have been halted by proper public health measures at the start: namely, quarantining carriers, like you do with any other spreadable disease to contain it. But of course, THAT could never do, since you gotta fight for your right to party, so instead thousands of gay men died until they figured out the drug cocktail.(After devoting an inordinate amount of medical research dollars and expertise to this most politically urgent of problems that was 99% preventable by simple prophylactic measures, but the band had to play on.)

As for Africa, yeah, well, you can't expect reality from the NY Times about anything. Also, I'd suspect that while the rate of outed "gayness" in Africa is very small, the amount of buggering that goes on is very large indeed. Sort of like in American prisons.

Irresponsible behavior leads to foreseeable problems. Shocking. And precisely what you'd expect from a land where entire nations have IQs that are borderline retarded. The West needs to let Africans die again at their natural pace. It will be better for everyone in the long term.

peterike said...

Speaking of the NY Times, editor Jill Abramson just got punked.

Her replacement? A black dude! Ohhhh, Times! You never disappoint. Except he could be a GAY black dude (I don't know if he is or isn't).

peterike said...

To follow up my own comment. Dean Baquet. Super-white black guy, married to a white woman. Caught some years ago in a photo with his wife on the subway -- both reading books about T.S. Eliot.

Another shining beacon for the African American community! I'm sure he lives in the hood.

The Dude said...

Oh man! "Genital schistosomiasis"? What you are saying is that they have worms in their cootch? Dayyum! I am staying away from THAT action!

SfcTon said...

Homosexuality is rampant in africa. Same with beastilty but damn near every mission we ran there included finding dudes banging dudes or dudes banging livestock.

Commonly hunting parties would bring younger boys to provide sex, but often enough you'd just watch them walk out of their village at night, tell.some young kid to lay down and go to town on him