Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Approaching Gay Epidemic: The Horror of AIDS, Part II

Gonorrhea and Chlamydia — Proportion of MSM* Attending STD Clinics Testing Positive for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia, STD Surveillance Network (SSuN), 2013

Neisseria gonorrhoeae — Percentage of Urethral Isolates Obtained from MSM* Attending STD Clinics, by Site, Gonococcal Isolate Surveillance Project (GISP), 1990–2013

Compared to women and men who have sex with women only, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (collectively known as MSM) are at increased risk for STDs and antimicrobial resistance:

Gonorrhea and Chlamydial Infection
In 2013, the proportion of MSM who tested positive for gonorrhea and chlamydia at STD clinics varied by site. A larger proportion of MSM who visited STD clinics tested positive for gonorrhea than tested positive for chlamydia in all cities except Birmingham, Denver, and Hartford/New Haven (where the proportion for chlamydia was higher).
Across the participating sites, 20,955 MSM were tested for gonorrhea and 20,710 MSM were tested for chlamydia. The median site-specific gonorrhea prevalence was 16.9% (range by site: 10.4%–28.1%). The median site-specific chlamydia prevalence was 15.2% (range by site: 7.4%–30.7%). For this report, a person who tested positive for gonorrhea or chlamydia more than one time in a year was counted only once for each infection.
Co-infection of Primary and Secondary (P&S) Syphilis and HIV
Among MSM who presented to seven clinics with P&S syphilis infection in 2013, the proportion who were also infected with HIV ranged from 15.8% in Los Angeles to 47.4% in Philadelphia. The median site-specific proportion of MSM co-infected with HIV (45.5%) was comparable to the proportion of co-infection in MSM observed in 2013 case report data (51.6%)
HIV status and STDs
Among MSM visiting STD clinics, prevalence of STDs was higher among HIV-positive MSM than among HIV-negative MSM. The prevalence of P&S syphilis was 9.0% among HIV-positive MSM and 2.6% among HIV-negative MSM. Among HIV-positive MSM, urethral gonorrhea positivity was 15.0%, pharyngeal gonorrhea positivity was 10.0%, and rectal gonorrhea positivity was 16.4% (compared to 10.1%, 7.4%, and 8.9%, respectively, among HIV-negative MSM). Among HIV-positive MSM, urethral chlamydia positivity was 7.6% and rectal chlamydia positivity was 22.2% (compared to 7.1% and 11.4%, respectively, among HIV-negative MSM).
Nationally Notifiable Syphilis Surveillance Data
P&S syphilis among MSM has been increasing since at least 2000. In 33 areas reporting sex of partner data for 70% or more of cases of P&S syphilis each year during 2007–2013, cases among MSM increased 7% during 2012–2013. In 2013, MSM accounted for 75% of all P&S syphilis cases in 49 states and the District of Columbia that provided information about sex of sex partners. MSM accounted for more cases than MSW or women in all racial and ethnic groups.
Gonococcal Isolate Surveillance Project
GISP is a national sentinel surveillance system designed to monitor trends in antimicrobial susceptibilities of N. gonorrhoeae strains in the United States. Overall, the proportion of isolates from MSM in selected STD clinics from GISP sentinel sites has increased steadily, from 4.6% in 1990 to 35.1% in 2013. GISP has demonstrated that gonococcal isolates from MSM are more likely to exhibit antimicrobial resistance than isolates from MSW.

Author’s note: Despite these alarming findings, the gay media (and the highly gay-supportive main-stream news outlets) almost unanimously refuse to report on the CDC study; instead, they parade such well-scrubbed, athletic, and healthy looking gay specimens as Robbie Rogers (just recently, GQ grilled Rogers about his first homosexual experience – all amid laughter and joviality) before the cameras of the world; but, like when pop-culture was obsessed with uninhibited dancing homosexuals at Studio 54, The Village People, and Billy Crystal’s nonsensical gay character on “Soap,” at the advent of the AIDS crisis, this avoidance will come back to haunt us all.
And, the truth is shocking: in some cities as high as 28% of the gay population tested positive for gonorrhea and as much as 30% tested positive for chlamydia. Almost half of those gay men who tested positive for HIV also tested positive for syphilis; in fact, gay men (who make up between 2-4% of the total US population) accounted for 75% of all syphilis infections. Lastly, the statistic which horrifies me the most: the percentage of gay men who tested positive for drug-resistant gonorrhea increased from 4.6% in 1990 to 35.1% in 2013; Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea has been noted by epidemiologists; beginning in the 1940s, gonorrhea was treated with penicillin, but doses had to be continually increased in order to remain effective, and, by the ’70s, penicillin- and tetracycline-resistant gonorrhea emerged in the Pacific Basin. These resistant strains then spread to Hawaii, California, the rest of the United States, and Europe. Fluoroquinolones were the next line of defense, but soon resistance to this antibiotic emerged as well. Since 2007, standard treatment has been third-generation cephalosporins, such as ceftriaxone, which are considered to be our “last line of defense;” when they stop working – they will all die. And the band played on…and on.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Porn Study Finds That Males Are Becoming Reliant on Perversity

A new study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior found that porn has become “a primary source of sexual education” that is embedding new codes of sexual behavior in young men. The survey of 487 American males of college age indicates that “the more pornography a man watches, the more likely he was to use it during sex, request particular pornographic sex acts of his partner, deliberately conjure images of pornography during sex to maintain arousal, and have concerns over his own sexual performance and body image. Further, higher pornography use was negatively associated with enjoying sexually intimate behaviors with a partner.”

Author’s note: The porn addiction pandemic has inadvertently generated a sort of aversion therapy gone haywire; the opposite of what porn sells – a fantasy world of endless sexual pleasure and perverse excesses that has actually created, not the symbolic macho-man (hyper-masculine, ravenous, and always equipped) from the golden-age of porn in the 1970s, but a peevish impotent male filled with doubts, hang-ups, and fears. In essence, porn constructs the perfect porn consumer: a person so reliant upon pornography that they are unable to function sexually without it – a slave.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Ex-Gay Porn Star Joseph Sciambra Returns to LA: Finding Faith in Fantasyland

*During my trip to Southern California, I was blessed to stay at the Carmelite Sisters Retreat House in Alhambra; their kindness and generosity will long be remembered by everyone who attended the Courage Manhood Weekend; highlighted by a special song of farewell by the Carmelite postulants and novices. During my stay, I was honored to speak with my Courage brothers and then to also give a talk to the men of LASSA (Los Angeles Same-Sex Anonymous.) But, the highlight was truly the final Mass on Sunday - officiated by Fr. Paul Check (with assistance from Deacon Patrick Summerhays of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.) Blessings to everyone I met, and you will all be in my prayers. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

St. Joseph as a Minister of Salvation

St. Joseph was called by God to serve the person and mission of Jesus directly through the exercise of his fatherhood. It is precisely in this way that, as the Church's Liturgy teaches, he “cooperated in the fullness of time in the great mystery of salvation” and is truly a “minister of salvation.” His fatherhood is expressed concretely “in his having made his life a service, a sacrifice to the mystery of the Incarnation and to the redemptive mission connected with it; in having used the legal authority which was his over the Holy Family in order to make a total gift of self, of his life and work; in having turned his human vocation to domestic love into a superhuman oblation of self, an oblation of his heart and all his abilities into love placed at the service of the Messiah growing up in his house.” ~ St. John Paul II, “Apostolic Exhortation Redemptoris Custos of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II on the Person and Mission of Saint Joseph in the Life of Christ and the Church”

Author’s note: St. Joseph is of great worth to all Christians, but especially to those men who suffer with same sex attraction. If you had a neglectful or absent father, or you were abused by a man you trusted, were rejected by your male peers, or because of pornography grew up confused about what it truly is to be a man – look to Joseph for a model of masculine purity: as he did, make your life a sacrifice; give all to God – including those secret and shameful parts of yourself, or those proud and boastful places of acceptance and security (holding on to the gay orientation.) For, you cannot be a true servant of Christ if you are still holding back, or holding on to something; i.e. I am gay and a Christian.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Why Are There So Many Fat Lesbians?

Obesity has long been a problem within the lesbian community. According to one study: “lesbian women were the only sexual orientation group that was significantly different from heterosexual women with regard to overweight or obesity. Lesbian women were more likely to be overweight (OR = 2.25; 95% [CI] = 1.22, 4.16) and more likely to be obese (OR = 2.25; 95% CI = 1.12, 4.53) compared with heterosexual women. Even after adjustment for demographic characteristics and parity, this pattern continued. Lesbian women remained the only sexual orientation group significantly different from heterosexual women in that they had higher odds of being overweight (OR = 2.69; 95% CI = 1.40, 5.18) and obese (OR = 2.47; 95% CI = 1.19, 5.09).” What is the cause of this tendency for lesbians to be overweight? For the answer, here are the results from another study; taken from “Incidence of Gay Men and Lesbians Having Been Sexually Abused During Childhood Or Adolescence,” Jessica Lynne Jones Steed Alliant International University, Fresno, 2008: “This study examined the incidence of gay men and lesbians having been sexually abused during childhood or adolescence. The subjects consisted of 280 non-clinical adult participants from gay/lesbian organizations in the Central California who completed a demographic and molestation information questionnaire. Molestation was reported by 42 (30.7%) of gay men with 20 (47.6%) perceived gay/lesbian/bisexual and 8 (19.1%) perceived heterosexual perpetrators. Molestation was reported by 59 (41.3%) lesbians with 21 (35.6%) perceived gay/lesbian/bisexual and 17 (28.8%) perceived heterosexual perpetrators.” Taken as a whole: 78.3% of gay and bisexual men were molested as children and 79.6% of gay and bisexual women. In my own experience, and through my outreach to the gay community, the adult response to such trauma varies; most often by sex: males tend to later eroticize the abuse and oftentimes seek out love and affirmation through quasi-reenactments – an obsession with the hyper-masculine “daddy” image or through multiple partners and a reckless abandonment to perversity; women, tend not to act out such as men and swerve towards internalizing the pain. In weight gain, lesbians create a sort of armored shielding – it seemingly protects them, but also submerges their being into a sort of fetishized woman: this is symbolized by the ancient fertility gods of early Man – the corpulent Venus of Willendorf remains the penultimate example. Once, as a gay man observing the female lesbian community, I often thought they were all awash in a sea of hormones: relationships were complicated and highly fraught with emotion; this was the opposite of the lavatory one-night stands so prone in the gay male sector. As in all homosexual communities – the result is a one-sex “china-syndrome” melt-down: where the missing tempering complementary of the opposite sex makes everything turn in on itself; sequentially, you get this morphing of the masculine and the feminine into an ugly exaggeration. And, at worse, those affected begin to destroy themselves: either by over-eating or by rampant promiscuity and the rise of virulent diseases.
True happiness and healing can ONLY be found in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dead Again: Despite Science, Gay Men Continue Towards Self-Destruction

A Kaiser Permanente study on the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) by gay men and men who have sex with multiple men to prevent possible HIV transmission has reported an “eye-popping statistic”—a 45% increase in condom-less sex among certain study participants. Earlier this year, the CDC recommended that 500,000 men-who-have-sex-with-men and other high-risk individuals go on PrEP, despite the fact that data from nearly all major PrEP studies do not support such large-scale public deployment of PrEP due to medication adherence issues: Even in carefully monitored clinical trials demonstrating the drug’s clinical efficacy, many study participants simply did not take the medication every day as prescribed. In addition, PrEP (known under its commercial name as Truvada) does nothing to prevent other STDS, in particular the reemerging gay epidemic of syphilis: “In 2012, men who have sex with men (MSM) accounted for 75% of primary and secondary syphilis cases in the United States.”