Monday, January 21, 2008

Priorities, or Lack Thereof

This whole MRSA thing and the associated comments have gotten me more than a bit perturbed on one point -- namely, that when it comes to making hard criticism of gay behavior versus keeping PR spin, the spin wins.

Let's be realistic, people. Case in point.

"The medical community has known for years that homosexual conduct, especially among males, creates a breeding ground for often deadly disease. In recent years we have seen a profound resurgence in cases of HIV/AIDS, syphilis, rectal gonorrhea and many other STDs among those who call themselves 'gay'."

Are you a bit upset? Mad? Angry that these folks are saying such mean things about gays? Ready to fill out a petition, picket, scream, do all those other things that might get you a GLAAD award and the adulation of the community?

Because we all "know" there has never, not under any circumstances, been a "profound resurgence" in HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and so forth -- and that gay men are not once, not twice, but thirteen times more likely to get/have MRSA than average.

Surprising, eh?

Now, instead of screaming at CWFA, how about screaming at the people who are generating these statistics?

Because, you know, getting rid of all of these would save thousands of people from getting sick and dying, or being dependent their entire lives on HIV meds.

That is, if that matters more to you than the bad publicity that would come from actually admitting.....yeah, there might be a problem here.......

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