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3 08 2015

St. Louis City



HIV Happens

7 06 2015

New York City


HIV risk among young gay, bi men tied to societal issues

For young gay and bisexual men, the risk of HIV infection is linked with societal issues, a new study says.

“What we’re starting to say here, if you’re black and Hispanic you’re more likely to become HIV positive, but really this is driven by you’re low income, you live in a poor neighborhood or you live in a neighborhood with higher HIV prevalence,” said lead author Perry Halkitis of New York University.


In previous research, behaviors didn’t explain disparities in HIV among young men who have sex with men, Halkitis and his colleagues say.

Young black and Hispanic men who have sex with men “do not appear to engage in more or riskier sexual behaviors compared with their white peers,” they write in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes

For the new study, the researchers analyzed patterns of new HIV infections among 594 young men who have sex with men.

Participants were recruited from the New York City area between 2009 and 2011 and were 18 or 19 when they entered the study. At that point they were all HIV-negative.

Over the next three years, 43 participants became infected with HIV.

About a third of black, Hispanic and mixed or other race participants became HIV-positive during the study, compared to about 7 percent of white participants.

People who described themselves as being in low to average social and economic groups were more likely to become HIV-positive than those in higher socioeconomic groups.

Also, the authors found, young age at first sexual experience with another male was tied to an increased risk of becoming HIV-positive, compared to a first encounter at an older age.

“The bigger point here is that it’s just too simplistic to (blame) everything on race,” Halkitis said. “We’re trying to get at the reason that’s happening. This paper starts to point to it.”

This means just being black or Hispanic, or not having enough money, or being around people who don’t have enough money, or being around people who have HIV, causes you to contract HIV.  Remember when the gay lobby (as they were called back then) told us not to be this paranoid and irrational about the ease of catching HIV?  I know, it has been a very long time, (hence, why I called them the “gay lobby” and not what they’re called now, their ridiculous alphabet soup acronym), and some of you may not even have been born when we were being told that.  That’s one of the good things about being middle aged now, that I can remember how they change up the party lines slowly and on the sly.  Though I can add that while they were trying to get us not to be so paranoid over how we can contract HIV, they were simultaneously and hypocritically spreading paranoia and anti-science irrationality about how easy it supposedly was to catch it via normal heterosexual sex, the good ole insert tab A into slot B.  That was to spread the notion that everyone was at risk, to distract from the truth that anal sex is by far the easiest transmission vector.

Now, it’s back to full paranoia ahead.

And also, this has absolutely nothing do with the fact that this “science” relies on people honestly reporting facts about themselves, and that certain kinds of people have a lot of trouble doing that.

Additionally, young people may not have sexual autonomy in sexual decisions – especially with older partners, said Coleman, who was not involved with the new research.

“…May not have sexual autonomy in sexual decisions…older partners…” — In my day, we called this “rape.”

They also point out that young gay and bisexual men may not be properly educated about STIs, and their heterosexual parents may not be equipped to educate on those topics.

“I think that one way we can begin to address this issue is through comprehensive sexual health education,” said Jason Coleman, an expert on HIV and STI prevention at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

This study was done in New York City.  What kind of anti-science religious fanatic knuckledragging retrogrades control the schools in New York City?




Both Sides of Vista

1 06 2015


SSM (Sisters of St. Mary) acquiring SLU Med.  Since SSM already owns Cardinal Glennon, it will mean that both medical centers on both sides of Vista Avenue will once again be under the same management roof, like they were when the St. Louis Archdiocese managed both.

Otherwise, don’t expect for anything to change at SLU.  It will still be the preferred emergency room for Chocolate City St. Louis war casualties and sundry black pimps doing time in Federal prison.

Blogmeister Echo Syndrome

21 04 2015

Washington, D.C.

Me, on March 17:

The insurance industry will make sure all the Republican politicians they bought and paid for restores the Federal subsidies if SCOTUS does the “wrong” (i.e. right) thing.  Congress will do it so quickly that they’ll beat Planck Time.

Well well.

Hits Home

6 04 2015


Get ready for it.  Notice my geographical by-line, so you should know where this is going.


Mindy Kaling’s Brother Reveals He Pretended to Be Black to Get into Medical School

In a new website-slash-pitch for a memoir, Vijay Chokal-Ingam, the brother of comedian Mindy Kaling, reveals that he gamed the system and managed to get into medical school by claiming he was African-American.

Chokal-Ingam, who graduated from the University of Chicago with a meager 3.1 GPA, says that his ploy began after the self-described party boy saw his fellow Asian Indian-Americans, many of whom had higher grades, fail to get into medical school. “I shaved my head, trimmed my long Indian eyelashes, and applied to medical school as a black man,” he wrote on his website, “My change in appearance was so startling that my own fraternity brothers didn’t recognize me at first. I even joined the Organization of Black Students and started using my embarrassing middle name that I had hidden from all of my friends since I was a 9 years old.”

With this, “Jojo” managed to get into the selective Saint Louis University School of Medicine with the exact same application he used as an Indian man. As a fake black man, he allegedly secured interviews at nine highly selective medical schools, including Harvard, Columbia, and the University of Pennsylvania.

This says a lot, both positive and negative, about SLU Med.

New Customers

26 03 2015



These are new HIV infections in 2010, and raw numbers, not rates.  Imagine how this graph would look in the 13-24 and 25-34 age ranges if this measured rates.

What’s also curious is that the number of blacks drops with each increasing age category step while with whites, it seems more like a bell curve.   If I had more time right now, I’d put some brain power behind trying to figure out why.  Then again, maybe you could help me?


Some Kind of Town, Palatine Is

5 02 2015

Palatine, Illinois

Measles hits the KinderCare in Palatine. 

First off, I want to snicker, because I call the Lieutenant Governor of Missouri Peter Kindercare.

Anyway, I looked up Palatine in general, and the KinderCare’s address, on NYT Census Explorer.  And it has a significant percentage of Hispanics in some census tracts but it’s not heavily Hispanic.  I then checked Palatine’s page on the online encyclopedia of questionable credibility, and it indicated that Palatine’s average household income is around $63k, okay but not rich, so it’s probably not where the high fallutin’ anti-vaccine white gentry left wing in Chicago lives.

It’s got to be something.


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