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Couple Thoughts from Your Girl

I haven’t been writing as much as I should.  I’m going to try to correct that in the new year.  Anywhoo, a lot is going on these days, so I’m going to start posting some random thoughts and I’m sure expound on some of these later.

1.  Why does it always take so long for organizations to recognize that their employees are pedophiles?  Priests, football coaches, teachers, etc can all be seen with young boys and young women in compromised ways but yet no one sees or tells until the person is dead or more than 50 years old?

2. Herman Cain never had a chance.  Really.  If America is shocked by the turn of events that lead to him leaving the race, then our school systems really are failing us.

3. There was an uproar from women’s orgs and birth control supporters about the sale of Plan B contraceptives to teens being blocked.  I need NOW, Planned Parenthood and all the other orgs that spoke out to be just as vocal about STDs like AIDS.  Get on the bandwagon for a cure people.  Sure, a teen could get pregnant and need Plan B or opt for an abortion, but there is not medical treatment or pill to get rid of HIV, HPV, etc.  The issues are more complex than just birth control.

4. Newt Gingrich can’t be president of the United States because…

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48% of Black Women Have Herpes

Damn. Black Women, we have been dealt another blow.

I’m still reeling from the HIV/AIDS stats that came out last year, so this is terrible to hear.  By-the-way, bid you know today, March 10th is Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2010?   HIV has now become the leading cause of death among Black women ages 25 to 34.  Add to that the news that CDC is reporting that 48% of Black Women in America have herpes, and you have a serious problem that no one is talking about.  (Overall, the CDC estimates that one in six Americans is infected with the herpes virus.)

Black folks, we typically don’t discuss our sexual business in public, but I think we need to start being more open and honest about our sex lives.  Education and Accountability are in order.

Where is the black church on this?  Where is the outrage from our “leaders” and calls for education and personal responsiblity?  Black women are the backbone of our communities and they are facing a major challenge.  What are your thoughts on this?

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Aids in Black America: Fed Gov is not doing enough

Washington Post Full Article – In a 55-page report, the Black AIDS Institute argued that the disease should be viewed as a threat to the entire black population, and not just specific high-risk groups. Unlike in white Americans — and in the citizens of most industrialized nations — HIV in American blacks is increasingly transmitted heterosexually through “networks” where men especially have many sex partners at the same time, the report noted.

The report’s authors asserted that the black AIDS epidemic here is being overlooked as the United States is allocating unprecedented resources to fighting the disease in sub-Saharan Africa.

African Americans with HIV — at least 500,000 — are more numerous than in seven of the 15 “target countries” in the Bush administration’s global AIDS initiative, which has spent about $19 billion overseas in the past five years.  Bush is scheduled to sign a bill today that will extend the program and authorize the spending of $48 billion for the next five years. The target countries consist of 12 in Africa and three others: Guyana, Haiti and Vietnam.

The report noted that with 39 million people, “black America” would be the 35th most populous country, and the 28th richest, if it were a separate nation. Two percent of adult black Americans are infected, the government estimates, and only four countries outside Africa have a higher HIV prevalence. It would rank 16th in the world in the number of people living with HIV.

“The U.S. response to the epidemic in black America stands in sharp contrast to our response to the epidemic overseas,” said Phill Wilson, a longtime AIDS activist who is executive director of the Black AIDS Institute.

He added that his purpose in making the comparisons is not to criticize the global program but to urge that more money and attention be directed to the domestic one.

But Kevin A. Fenton, the head of HIV/AIDS prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the argument that government prevention efforts are not tailored to the black epidemic is mistaken. “CDC prevention efforts have really tried to follow the epidemic,” he said. Continue reading


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Inmates should have access to condoms and HIV testing

With nearly half (48 percent) of all black men living with HIV/AIDS estimated to have acquired it by male-to-male sexual contact according to a CDC report, the spread of HIV appears to be as much about homosexuality as it is about trifling, dishonest African-American men engaging in promiscuous sexual encounters with unsuspecting women while not having the decency to practice safe sex.

Many researchers and social advocates are wondering if there is a correlation between the deplorable number of African-American men who are incarcerated and in prison and the spread of HIV in the African-American community. Unfortunately, despite various hypotheses, only 19 states test inmates for HIV upon entering prison and only three states test upon release. The Bureau of Prisons for federally incarcerated inmates tests only a random sampling of inmates on alternative years. For the sake of the current and future generations of African Americans, a national campaign should be instituted to require the testing of men entering prison for HIV, upon release and upon inmate request. HIV testing should be mandatory throughout all state and federal prisons. – © S. James Guitard

Wondering about a correlation…experts are wondering?  If the general public, who can get tested for free or at will if they have insurance, is not getting tested and spreading HIV, do you have to wonder how inmates who don’t know their status might unknowingly pass HIV to other inmates they have sex with?  Why not test persons coming out of the system, at the very least?  Why not give incarcerated people condoms?

If these men really had a voice, a voice that the general population was interested in hearing, this would be a non-issue.  We don’t care about criminals.  If you have life in prison and you’ll die behind bars, you’re an outcast in the eyes of most Americans.  Will they care if you die from Aids any more than they care if your cell mate shanks you in your sleep?  What does that say about America?  You can get cable, phone calls, visits, food, exercise, etc in prison, but might not get condoms or HIV testing.  OH, you can get raped too…let not forget that.  Then your HIV infection could be the result of a crime, forced on you.  *shaking my head*

PS: S. James Guitard is the national bestselling author of four books and a guest columnist. His latest novel, Delilah’s Revenge, is a Black Expressions and ESSENCE Magazine Bestseller.


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World Aids Day: Black People are letting HIV/Aids happen to them

As we prepare to remember the legacy of HIV/Aids tomorrow on World Aids Day 2007, DEC 1, I just can’t believe that we’ve let Aids ravish the Black Community like this. Who in the Hell left the gate open?? Here are some statistics.

• Although African-Americans represent only 12.7 percent of the U.S. population, they were half of all AIDS cases detected in 2005;

• The rate of Blacks contracting AIDS is 10 times that of Whites and Black women have contracted AIDS at a rate 23 times higher than that of White women;

• Although African-Americans constitute only 16 percent of U.S. teenagers, they represent 69 percent of all new AIDS cases reported among teens;

• Black women account for 66 percent of all new AIDS cases among women and

• HIV- and AIDS-related death rates are highest among African-Americans, with Blacks accounting for 55 percent of such deaths.
There are some interesting facts among the numbers.

Both Black and White women were most likely to be infected through heterosexual activities. White women were more likely than Black women to have been infected as a result of drug use. And among men having sex with men, one study conducted in five cities found that 46 percent of such Black men were HIV infected compared to 21 percent of White men in that category.

There were some geographical variances as well. AIDS cases were highest in the eastern section of the country, with the District of Columbia leading the way with the highest rate.

However, 51 percent of Blacks living with AIDS and 56 percent of all newly-reported cases among Blacks were in the South, where African-Americans make up only 19 percent of the region’s population. Continue reading

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HIV/Aids at Epidemic Levels in Wash DC, Afr Americans Impacted

I read the synopsis version of this article on the cover of the Washington Post Express this morning on the train…DAG.  It’s not a secret, just something people don’t want to admit is true.  I’d like to say I’m surprised, but I’m not.  1 in 20 have HIV…that is sub-saharan Africa level, huh?  This info is based on just a sample…I wonder what a real study would find? Here’s some info from the article.  Negroes, you might wanna find yourself supporting a grassroots effort or event for World Aids Day 2007 on December 1!!!!  HIV/Aids is something that the black community is going to have to address and own.

The first statistics ever amassed on HIV in the District, released today in a sweeping report, reveal “a modern epidemic” remarkable for its size, complexity and reach into all parts of the city.

The numbers most starkly illustrate HIV’s impact on the African American community. More than 80 percent of the 3,269 HIV cases identified between 2001 and 2006 were among black men, women and adolescents. Among women who tested positive, a rising percentage of local cases, nine of 10 were African American.

The 120-page report, which includes the city’s first AIDS update since 2000, shows how a condition once considered a gay disease has moved into the general population. HIV was spread through heterosexual contact in more than 37 percent of the District’s cases detected in that time period, in contrast to the 25 percent of cases attributable to men having sex with men.

“It blows the stereotype out of the water,” said Shannon Hader, who became head of the District’s HIV/AIDS Administration in October. Increases by sex, age and ward over the past six years underscore her blunt conclusion that “HIV is everybody’s disease here.”

The new numbers are a statistical snapshot, not an estimate of the prevalence of infection in the District, which is nearly 60 percent black.

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T.D. Jakes Challenges Black Churches to End Silence on AIDS

Nationally renowned pastor, Bishop T.D. Jakes, in a strongly worded commentary written exclusively for the Black Press of America, appealed to black churches around the nation to join a unified strategy to deal with the pandemic of HIV/AIDS in the black community.

“We are on the roof again,” stated the pastor of more than 30,000 at the Potter’s House in Dallas, recalling the long wait of African Americans to be rescued during Hurricane Katrina. In that crisis, blacks largely had to save each other and themselves as many died.

Jakes called for black churches to join with other caring organizations to force the federal government to release tax money to help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in which blacks are dying at least seven times faster than whites.

“I realize that as Sen. [Hillary] Clinton stated, if this were killing whites in the way it is killing blacks, it wouldn’t be their pastors who would have to take on such a daunting task and it would not be tithe money but tax money that would be used for resource.” Continue reading


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