Thursday, July 24, 2008

A-way down south in Dixie.

Seems there's an AIDS crisis facing the American south (which a study from the Southern AIDS Coalition defines as roughly everything east of Oklahoma and south of Kentucky):
  • 36% of the US population lives there, but contains over half of its HIV cases
  • more than 40% of all new HIV infections are in the south
  • perhaps most troublingly, African-American women constitute 83% of all new cases
Now, far be it from me to be an armchair sociologist... but the American south strikes me as the kind of place where people are more likely to let the Great Spook in the Sky heal you, as opposed to people with white coats and "degrees." It also seems like a place where abstinence from premarital sex (among other things) is preached to youngsters, and that these little latex doohickeys — while not perfect, they're pretty good at preventing the spread of HIV — aren't made as freely available to young people, and hence aren't used as often.

Not surprisingly, the group that did the study called for more "age-appropriate, science-driven education for prevention of all sexually transmitted diseases" (my emphasis).

Big shocker there. If there's anyone from the American south reading this, please take the following message, and spread it far and wide amongst your friends and neighbours:

YOUR KIDS ARE FUCKIN'
TELL THEM TO USE A JIMMY-HAT
AIDS AIN'T JUST FOR "THEM QUEERS"

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