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Jul 3, 2013

Men who have sex with men at risk for HIV/AIDS

A recent report published by the Ministry of Health on tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections indicates that HIV has become a concentrated epidemic among men who have sex with other men.  A Behavioral Surveillance Survey conducted in 2012 reveals that a little under fourteen percent, or the equivalent of fourteen male homosexuals to every one hundred persons in that category, was infected with the virus.  The study was carried out using two at-risk groups, including female sex workers and men who have sex with other men.  By comparison, the prevalence rate among prostitutes is significantly lower than that of male homosexuals.  The results of the research shows a figure of zero point nine one percent, or less than one in every hundred persons used in the study.  There was a total of two hundred and forty-one cases of new infection recorded last year, which represents an increase of ten percent from 2011.  Alarmingly, a hundred and forty-eight of those were males.  Of the HIV/AIDS mortality, fifty-seven males died in 2012 out of a total of eighty-eight deaths.  In 2010, information gathered on the epidemic portrayed it as shifting towards females predominantly; however, the release issued on Monday indicates a significant shift in infection and mortality rates.

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11 Responses for “Men who have sex with men at risk for HIV/AIDS”

  1. trudy says:

    @Brightman To paraquote Dorothy Day, “Brightman. Bright man; what a strange name, come to think of it. We have created. We have created destruction. We have created a new element, called Bruto. Nature had nothing to do with it.”

    Is this what you call justice, equality, love, and charity? Infecting your fellow man and have him suffer the last days of his life? Perhaps in your kafkaesque world where equality means we must all be equal in aids, and charity means it is better to give than to receive. How about manning up, if that is a part of your repertoire, and finding yourself a nice individual of the opposite gender. If you are absolutely positively dyed-through inveterate and incorrigible, then just reckon with the threat you and your ilk pose to humanity, stay in your closet, and stop recruiting. I don’t want you and your better half on public streets being ‘truly civil’ aka in flagrante delicto, confusing my impressionable young son.

    Oh, and speaking about disease, let me remind you why aids spreads faster among men. It’s called a break in the skin which will happen every time try to put a square peg through a round hole. The virus is bodyfluidborne. Duh.

  2. Belizean says:

    Listen up bean pounders, this is whats coming your way!!! This study was not done by a religious group. Totally unbiased report..What will be your sly response to this huh? Well, whatever your response is, life will be and will get more complicated for the inhumane!!

  3. lift up your head says:

    I would hope that that report is accurate, and that the homosexuals keep it amongst themselves instead of spreading it to woman as well. Soon there would be no more left

  4. MARIE says:

    This still does not mean that everyone should be running around without protection when having sex. So sad for anyone who has contracted HIV and living with it or who have died.

  5. DoWatIsRight says:

    People today lack self-control and the will to be committed to one. This works both ways. However, to be homosexual (sexual attraction to a person of the same sex) and to ‘practice’ homosexuality and make it a lifestyle are two different things. To practice the latter is an even greater abomination. All actions have repercussions; some more severe than others. Feelings is one of the most unreliable source of decision making.

    …‘If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.’ Exodus 15:26

    The Most High pities and extends a helping hand to the unrighteous (all of although He despises unrighteousness.

    He ‘…is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy…’ Jude 1:24

    His counsel has been:

    ‘You are not to have sexual relations with a man in the same way you do with a woman; such a thing is detestable.’ Lev. 18:22

    But…

    ” just as they (mankind) did not see fit [u]to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper…” Rom 1:28

  6. Al says:

    Even with this statistics on the HIV epidemic the deviants still want to be recognized for their unnatural behavior.

  7. Rod says:

    People 50 percent of all belizeans have HIV and this pm and gov are covering it up

  8. Belizean Pride says:

    hope the unibamers read this portion of the news to get it in their heads, why we are trying to help them to stop their agenda that will eventually have them killing each other by infecting each other with aids.

  9. John says:

    Even though the information in the report is correct, it’s misleading to suggest that only male homosexual activity is at risk of STDs and HIV. The simple fact is that ALL unprotected sex between people is a risky activity. The headline should read “People who have unprotected sex with people are at risk of HIV/AIDS”. This kind of one-sided reporting fails to inform the public of the full picture, marginalises an already stigmatised group (which will have public health ramifications that will affect all Belizeans), and implies that heterosexuals can happily continue with high-risk sexual activity. The increasing HIV infection rate amongst straight Belizeans clearly shows that it’s everyone’s responsibility to protect themselves and their partners, regardless of their gender or orientation.

  10. anewvoice says:

    When I read this article it pissed me off. Not because of HIV/AIDS epidemic but because it seems riddled with PROPOGANDA. Question, how many cases of HIV/AIDS are in the CROWN? Probably more than the number of homosexuals. I’m willing to bet money this is the case. However I wouldn’t trust the officials of Belize to tell me anything because most of the information comes from sources that have a political agenda. Or the officials as well as the people have no idea to how to check statistics or review results. Just like they can’t catch criminals. Oh, I’m sorry they aren’t really trying to do either. I don’t even know why I bother to come and read the illiterate articles and responses from the public. No matter how mad I get at what I read, this is my last time leaving a comment because I have become just as illiterate as those I type about in caring especially if THEY DON’T CARE about the TRUTH!

    By the way, I’m not gay or care either way about homosexuals but I find it funny however everyone wants to point fingers or demonize folks but won’t address the REAL ISSUES. Such as poverty, education, diseases (not just AIDS but CANCER, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.), crime, abuse (sexual and physical), and the list can continue.

    NEVER MIND, I know I’m typing to myself.

  11. moses EX PC says:

    Nature has always corrected itself and balanced life in many ways. Could AIDS be the panacea for the sickness of homosexuality. How can one argue that same sex is not a disease, against the law of nature. Yes. It exists but it is unnatural. Life’s sole purpose is to procreate. Along the way, we try to enjoy life as best as we can by acquiring pleasures but in the end the cycle of life is……continues, forever and ever Amen. I don’t ever use the bible to bolster my arguments but in this case, the destruction of the sodomites was necessary for the continuation of life. A farmer plucks out and destroys from his orchard all the non-producing plants. We can allow those who are different to be isolated less they corrupt us all with their disease. Homosexuality is a disease, an addiction. Consider recent events, priests porkig deaf kids, others porking drunk old men, the disease is strong and they will do anything to satisfy their addiction.

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