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    I just thought I would share this scary percentage with ya'll. In the paper yesterday in my college town, there was an article about a blood drive at the high schools in this particular county. It turns out that 46% of these kids showed up as HIV positive. I am shocked. I really can't believe it. This really is a reflection of what our society is teaching children.


    Does anybody have thoughts on this?



    Oh, and just a few other things I learned today:
    -heterosexual woman are at the highest rate for AIDS
    it is on the rise for gay men
    -it is becoming more prevalent in the elderly as well
    -The "receiver" no matter whether a man or women is more likely to contract HIV

    ****HIV is also a smart virus, so just bc you and your partner may both have HIV, it doesn't make it safe
    -the virus has the ability to mutate so in turn it would case you and your partner to repeatedly swap different strains of the virus back and forth



    So my thoughts for the day:
    1. No glove, no love
    2. keep it in your pants
    3. know who you are getting involved with
    4. protect yourself
    5. be educated

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrae View Post
    So my thoughts for the day:
    1. No glove, no love
    2. keep it in your pants
    3. know who you are getting involved with
    4. protect yourself
    5. be educated
    HIV virus is actually small enough to fit through some condoms through microscope condom pores.
    What I say is my opinion, not my employers or that of my academic institution.

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    Wow. 46%?? That's incredible. I wonder what the demographics for that county are.
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    WOW 46%, that's some pretty scary stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrae View Post
    So my thoughts for the day:
    1. No glove, no love
    2. keep it in your pants
    3. know who you are getting involved with
    4. protect yourself
    5. be educated
    Excellent information. If only 46% more people would listen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cidp24 View Post
    Wow. 46%?? That's incredible. I wonder what the demographics for that county are.
    Population- 145,619

    These are the highest populated race categories for the county:
    White- 63.4%
    Black- 34.1
    Hispanic- 4.2%

    Doesn't take into account the 24,000+ college students who live there during the school year though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrae View Post
    So my thoughts for the day:
    1. No glove, no love
    2. keep it in your pants
    3. know who you are getting involved with
    4. protect yourself
    5. be educated

    Houston, I have a problem.

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    46% seems AWFULLY high.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterJasonMN View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminator View Post
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    I thought you did.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jrae View Post
    ..a blood drive at the high schools in this particular county. It turns out that 46% of these kids showed up as HIV positive.
    If the schools down there are anything like the schools here, I could definately see it to be that large of a percentage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminator View Post
    Houston, I have a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JLK View Post
    I thought you did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrae View Post
    This really is a reflection of what our society is teaching children.

    Or perhaps the lack of teaching. In my sex ed class, we got the full scoop. Sex, birth control, preventatives, HIV. It was a really good informative class. The problem is that so many schools are going to the abstinence only programs that the kids are not seeing the full picture. They need to understand just how unpleasant an STD is, if not deadly. I think that the sex ed class I went through probably saved lives. Can't say the same for the classes they have today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wacopnewbie View Post
    Or perhaps the lack of teaching. In my sex ed class, we got the full scoop. Sex, birth control, preventatives, HIV. It was a really good informative class. The problem is that so many schools are going to the abstinence only programs that the kids are not seeing the full picture. They need to understand just how unpleasant an STD is, if not deadly. I think that the sex ed class I went through probably saved lives. Can't say the same for the classes they have today.
    That's what she was saying Wacop. JRae actually had to teach a sex ed class to young kids, as part of her Nursing program. As she learned, in North Carolina, the state mandates the sex ed classes. They have a strict guideline of what you can say and what you can't. The only preventative measure you are allowed to teach is abstinence.

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    idk I guess if i was going to college and on the market I would find a different school to goto. You need a hazmat suit just to sit in class it seems


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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterJasonMN View Post
    46% seems AWFULLY high.
    Same thought here... That's about on par with the worst countries in Africa and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminator View Post
    That's what she was saying Wacop. JRae actually had to teach a sex ed class to young kids, as part of her Nursing program. As she learned, in North Carolina, the state mandates the sex ed classes. They have a strict guideline of what you can say and what you can't. The only preventative measure you are allowed to teach is abstinence.
    Thats really such a sad thing. I realize that parents don't want to think about their kids having sex...but I think its time to get realistic and realize that some kids are going to no matter what and the least we can do is teach them how to protect themselves. I guess its falling to the parents now...and judging by the 46% statistic that jrae posted, the parents in that area are not doing a very good job. Thanks for the post jrae...maybe stats like this will get it through the legislature's skulls that things need to change.

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    I cannot find the news article. I would like to see it with local information expunged for normal privacy reasons. (we know each other, but not everyone on the net needs to know where we live)

    I'll start my reply off by calling bullshit to the article. Note, not to the reader. I call bullshit on the numbers.

    First of all, the "how did they know" question. Over half wouldn't have a clue, which would necessarily make those who have been tested jump up to 75% to fit the article.


    Source CDC

    According to the CDC, and resonable outside sources, the rate of infection in the general population is about 1/300.

    At the end of 2003, an estimated 1,039,000 to 1,185,000 persons in the United States were living with HIV/AIDS (1). In 2004, 38,730 cases of HIV/AIDS were diagnosed in the 35 areas (33 states, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands) with long-term, confidential name-based HIV reporting (2). CDC has estimated that approximately 40,000 persons become infected with HIV each year (3).
    http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/testing/

    Using a population of about 300 million, that's more than stable. Unfortunately they are stingy with newer data, but I haven't heard of a country wide HIV outbreak. Have you?

    Now go back to these HS students in **** County registering at 46%. The demographics of the county by race track fairly average. Introducing college students would bias it toward less risky groups.

    How is it **** County, NC has 15x the national average for HIV infection?

    Consider this: It was a blood drive at a highschool. How many of the "volunteers" came to the school to donate that day and how many were HS students who were directed there by their teachers?

    Did you ever tell a fib to get out of something in HS? I admit, I told a few. We never had blood drives at my school, but most of the surveys we got came back with ridiculously bogus information.

    People lie, teens triply so, and when you factor in a needle? Another factor beyond.

    Please do consider.

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    If you still think this county has the worst infection rate on the planet, I won't try to change your view.

 

 
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