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09-28-07, 10:48 PM #1jrae Guest
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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Wow. 46%?? That's incredible. I wonder what the demographics for that county are.*************************"It wouldn't take much for me to up and run...to another life somewhere in the sun."*************************"There's something inherently wrong with having to put on a bullet-proof vest and a gun to go to work."-(An old friend)
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WOW 46%, that's some pretty scary stuff!
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09-28-07, 11:38 PM #9PeterJasonMN Guest
46% seems AWFULLY high.
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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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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.
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).
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.
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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