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Rates of HIV Infection in Black and Hispanic Men Same as 10 Years Ago

Rates of HIV Infection in Black and Hispanic Men Same as 10 Years Ago

If Fauci’s “victory” over AIDS is the reason he can proclaim himself the embodiment of “science”, then the time has come for a hard assessment of the realities of that victory and his role in the response.

I am old enough to remember the first significant infectious disease scare of my lifetime: the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

As the media presses the “expertise” of the bloviating godlet, Dr. Anthony Fauci [Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Chief Medical Advisor to Biden], it’s good to remember that he launched his bureaucratic empire in response to this pathogen.

He has been director of the NIAID since 1984 and made contributions to HIV/AIDS research and other immunodeficiency diseases, both as a research scientist and as the head of the NIAID. From 1983 to 2002, Fauci was one of the world’s most frequently-cited scientists across all scientific journals.In 2008, President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, for his work on the AIDS relief program PEPFAR.

Given the supposed success of his efforts, it is perhaps useful to look at the status of HIV infection today. Lo and behold, a new report reveals that Black and Latino/Hispanic gay men still experienced high rates of HIV infection over a nine-year period, despite supposed medical advances.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed HIV data in a report called Vital Signs to understand trends in new infections, treatment options and HIV-related stigma. The results found that there was an overall decrease in the number of reported HIV cases from 2010 to 2019, but that decrease was driven mostly by white, gay men. Black and Hispanic gay men did not experience a similar rate of decline.

CDC director Rochelle Walensky discussed the new report during a Tuesday press briefing and reiterated how the results indicated a bleak reality in healthcare inequity.

“The first CDC report showing [this] disease was disproportionately affecting Black and Hispanic/Latino people was published in 1986. Today’s Vital Signs confirms that unfortunately, those disparities continue today,” said Walensky, according to Stat News.

It is also good to keep in mind that NAIAD directs a lot of the funding and grants involved in the continuing, if not successful, battle against the spread of HIV.

Federal funding for HIV has increased significantly over the course of the epidemic, rising from just a few hundred thousand in FY 1982 to more than $34.8 billion in FY 2019, for combined domestic and global efforts. This growth has been driven primarily by increased spending on mandatory domestic care and treatment programs (largely through Medicaid and Medicare), as more people are living with HIV in the United States, as well as by greater investments to combat HIV in low and middle-income countries.

As we enter into the second year of the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, perhaps it is time to start questioning how successful the efforts over the past 40 years have been in containing HIV and if resources could have been better used.

And if Fauci’s “victory” over AIDS is the reason he can proclaim himself the embodiment of “science”, then the time has come for a hard assessment of the realities of that victory and his role in the response.

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Any place I worked required job performance reviews at least every 6 months if not by quarter. Here is a decade of nothing and he’s making more than Congress.

…”the results indicated a bleak reality in healthcare inequity.”

Is the solution going to be making sure the rest also get infected at the same rate? You know, like “inequity” in our public education system? Failure for everybody!

Who engages in the kind of conduct that keeps the rates of HIV/AIDS up? You can’t blame “systemic racism” for that

” it is perhaps useful to look at the status of HIV infection today. ”
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Fauci is a Public Health disaster but HIV/AIDS is dramatically different today compared to when the diagnosis was a death sentence. Still a bad disease but anitvirals have changed the clinical course to that of a chronic disease.

“Federal funding for HIV has increased significantly over the course of the epidemic, rising from just a few hundred thousand in FY 1982 to more than $34.8 billion in FY 2019, for combined domestic and global efforts. ”

Why solve a problem when you get to control tens of billions in funding?

Honestly, this is a nothingburger and just a pitch for more funding from interested parties.

“Rates” are up because they only count the living and the longevity rates for HIV/AIDS patients have skyrocketed since the first infections.

And, look what happened. We developed Therapeutics to deal with the issue because we never got a vaccine that would work.

HIV was the big lie, and Fauci was right in the middle of it. The only way they could get funding was to tell everyone they were at risk. They even allowed several high profile cases to occur do to tainted blood before finally stopping the HIV infected from donating. They knew in real time, it was a threat to gay men and drug users. They KNEW it, and yet, for years the Government and Health folks pushed the lie that everyone was at risk… and they crack their wry smiles about it now. They had to lie to get the money they needed/wanted.

    kak185ttx in reply to RobM. | December 2, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    “AIDS” is due to drug use not HIV. If it were due to HIV it would have spread. Fauci spent billions of our money on drugs for treatment that were worse than the disease. And refused to spend any money investigating the role of drug use on AIDS. Sound familiar?

has anyone done a study of the rate in prison populations?

The primary transmission mode of the HV virus is socially liberal trans/homosexual males engaged in sexual activity through the back… black hole… whore h/t NAACP.

“I am old enough to remember the first significant infectious disease scare of my lifetime”
Starting with a tautology is always funny!
(So, you’re not from the polio generation.)

Fauci is the guy who advised everybody that AIDS could be transmitted by casual contact, and that heterosexuals would be at great risk from it Any Day Now.

He didn’t know his ass from his elbow then, any more than he does now.

Not that I expect any “expert” encountering a new phenomenon to understand it completely and correctly in its early stages, But for heaven’s sake, you don’t bloviate to people how they immediately have to change their lives when the correct answer is actually, “I have no idea yet.”

But not old enough to remember GRID/GRIDS As a college student at the University of Minnesota in the 80’s working at the annual International Epidemiology Symposium this was at the beginning of the research on what the hell was going on.

    henrybowman in reply to mtx3. | December 3, 2021 at 1:25 am

    And of course, that acronym was entirely politically incorrect (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency) so they had to think up a new one, fast! Lest anybody be led to think that somehow, this disease was related to gay sex.
    Which it was! But you couldn’t say that.
    I remember a struggling computer start up of the time that was named GRID, just before the disease hit the news. It tanked them.

results indicated a bleak reality in healthcare inequity

They attempt to imply that the difference in outcomes can only be because of racism, not any differences in sexual behavior or genetics.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | December 3, 2021 at 2:11 am

Fauci’s main “contribution” to the whole HIV situation was when he joined in the laughable claim that “AIDs is a heterosexual disease”, trying to scare normal people into thinking that AIDs would be prevalent in the general population. That, of course, never came to be – as it was all bullshit and everyone knew it – and the liars quietly stopped blathering their nonsense (designed to scare people into caring about a disease they didn’t have to really worry about) but never offered any apologies.

HIV was really all about anal sex (and needles, of course), but it’s interesting that in the first two decades of the AIDs scare not a single research paper was written about anal sex and transmission … because the gay mafia wouldn’t allow it. Not a single one. The main researchers tried to pretend that there was nothing about the gay male lifestyle that was particularly responsible for them being the active reservoir and stomping ground of HIV … just coincidence. And the only heterosexual populations that saw a prevalence of AIDs infections happened to be those that were culturally given to anal sex among all … funny that.

Anyway, Fauci should have been shitcanned decades ago. He was a joke of a “scientist”.

Steven Brizel | December 3, 2021 at 6:03 am

Fauci claimed without a shred of evidence that heterosexual sex spreadHIV AIDS when it is well documented that anal sex in and needle sharing in the gay population caused AIDS

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