Dear AIDS Day Activists: Facts or Political Correctness? Pick one…
Dear AIDS activists, your disease is almost entirely preventable. Stop lying about it. Also, stop taking research funding from helpless, disease-ridden children.
That's right. Unlike the cancers, in the United States, AIDS can be prevented. Already some of you have thrown your laptops out the window in a fit of tolerant rage. Well too bad. You were probably in need of an upgrade anyway. Here's the secret to not getting AIDS. Ready for it? Don't have promiscuous sex, especially promiscuous gay sex. Don't do drugs with needles, specifically shared needles. There. Congratulations! You're free of AIDS.
Wow, that was easy. Or it should be that easy. Sadly, while AIDS is among the most preventable diseases in our country, it's also the most politicized. Also one of the richest diseases. Check this out from the Kaiser Family Foundation:
President Obama’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 federal budget request, released on February 2, 2015, includes an estimated $31.7 billion for combined domestic and global HIV efforts.1 Domestic HIV is funded at $25.3 billion and global at $6.3 billion in the request.2 The FY 2016 request represents a 3.1% increase ($956 million) over the FY 2015 enacted level, which totaled $30.7 billion.
For those of you who don't have eyes, the numbers are going up. Every year the US is budgeting more money for AIDS. A disease which is, politically incorrect to say but screw it, preventable. Now let's take a little ride over to the cancer ward and see how much we're shelling out for a disease which isn't all that preventable.
...the website of the National Cancer Institute, one of the federal National Institutes of Health, reports that Washington funded $4.8 billion in cancer research in the 2013 fiscal year, and funding has averaged $4.9 billion over the past six years.
Show of digital hands for a little anecdotal evidence. How many of you have known someone with cancer? Uh huh. How many of you have known someone with AIDS, a disease which is, politically incorrect to say it but screw it, preventable? Right. We all know someone who's gotten cancer. Not as many of us know someone who's had AIDS. That was purely an anecdotal exercise. Here are real USA numbers:
- More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 8 (12.8%) are unaware of their infection.
- Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSMa), particularly young black/African American MSM, are most seriously affected by HIV.
- By race, blacks/African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV.
And here's how many people were diagnosed with cancer in 2014:
In 2014, there will be an estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed and 585,720 cancer deaths in the US. Cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the US, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.
For cancer, that's new numbers every YEAR. Got it? So while of course I feel for anyone suffering from any disease, if I had to cry about someone, my tears go to a nine year old with Leukemia, not a the pansexual, Lower-East-Side hipster who shoots heroine. Just saying. Yet all that government funding goes to the hipster with the heroin, not to the kid with Leukemia, the dad with prostate cancer, or the sister with ovarian cancer. Soap box? I got ten, thanks. Meanwhile pink sunglasses-wearing celebrities like Bono and Elton John are out there stumping for the AIDS and making all their avatars red. Maybe I have twenty soapboxes.
Which leads to my next point. In North America, AIDS is preventable, but obviously that's not the case in third world nations like, say in Africa. So how about being honest in the transmission rates here, acknowledge that it's almost entirely preventable, and stop taking funding resources from African children. White SJW's are literally putting their own desires above the needs of African children.
Let's commit to an AIDS-free generation: invest in research, fight discrimination, and expand access to lifesaving drugs. #WorldAIDSDay -H— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1448975348.0
Except Hillary... What if those statistics are inherently "discriminatory?"
Let me put it this way: if right now, I told you that you would have a 94% chance of dying within the next five years, you'd probably be upset. Now if I turned around and told you that with two simple behavioral changes, I could guarantee you at least a 94% chance of NOT dying in the next five years...
... would you do them? Or would you roll the dice and start a march?
Again, preventable. AIDS is largely preventable. Best way to prevent AIDS, I say again, is to stop screwing and injecting drugs. Look, George W. Bush helped the AIDS situation in Africa more than any president before him.
In 2003 Bush founded the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which guaranteed $15 million to be spent over the course of five years on prevention, treatment and research on HIV/AIDS. Under the Bush administration, the U.S. was also a leader in contributing to the Global Fund on AIDS.
Though there was controversy over some of the qualifications for PEPFAR funds -up to 20% was to be spent on abstinence-focused prevention programs, and the funds could not be used for needle-sharing programs - most HIV/AIDS activists credit the program for being instrumental in turning the tide on AIDS.
There you have it. That's the silver donut. That's why George W. Bush's wildly successful plan is hardly praised in the media. A big part of it? Morality-based, abstinence education. As in, not having sex. Who'd have thought that would work better than throwing condoms at the problem?! I know I know, but...
My point is not to be mean or "discriminatory," but the first step toward addressing a problem is acknowledging reality. Which is simple: AIDS is largely preventable. And even though it may offend some, isn't it great that the reality of AIDS in the industrialized world has a very, VERY clear path toward reduction and eradication? Stop screwing it up! (See what I did there?)