I’ve figured out what the CDC can’t

Georgia has been removed from a cutting-edge federal program designed to spot trends in HIV infections.

The state had been participating in the program for the past three years, but the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stopped Georgia’s funding this year, CDC officials confirmed Thursday.

Of course, boo-freaking-hoo that this program has been cut. Except I’ve figured out where the trends are: among those who have unprotected sex and share needles in the use of illegal drugs!

Wow, analysis complete…and for free, no less!

[UPDATE 22 August 2008]: From the Rogue109 Laboratories, our Chief Scientists have determined the way to stop the spread of HIV: stop using drugs and having unprotected sex.

28 comments

  1. Game Fan says:

    With technology some of these programs should be getting cheaper. Unless of course we’re talking about a meal ticket for a bunch of bureaucrats.

  2. Rick Day says:

    So now that you have figured out the trend, what do you propose as a solution?

    Abstinance based programs? Just say no? harder time for addicts?

    how about this instead?

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7772205

    Only the government can reign in the Medical Industrial Complex ™ and that is through a government mandated wellness program covered by insurance. Yeah, even taxpayer insurance.

    And before you go screaming ‘not my tax dollars!’ you best look at the long term impact to health care.

    only those who profit from a system that only flourishes when there is illness would oppose such a low cost program.

    It should be a state program, however..

    let me speculate.

    If Prez-O ™ offers this up, I would be shocked and amazed. McChurian ™ ..well..sucks at the teat of Big Pharma ™. They both do, but Grandaddy McCain probably gets a discount on all his meds.

    (would that be a fair question to ask: what medication are the candidates on?)

    Managed Healthcare, promoting a sicker America. ™

    I wish this subject would have its own post because of the potential positive dialog generated.

  3. Bill Simon says:

    Buzz appears to have forgotten that some of this HIV-infected women get pregnant and have HIV-infected babies.

    Oh but wait…I forgot: Buzz and his kind ONLY care about the young ‘uns hen they are IN the womb.

  4. Bill Simon says:

    CORRECTED POST

    Buzz appears to have forgotten that some of these HIV-infected women get pregnant and have HIV-infected babies.

    Oh but wait…I forgot: Buzz and his kind ONLY care about the young ‘uns when they are IN the womb.

  5. Game Fan says:

    Actually the private sector (a.k.a. “society”) does a great job with people’s morality and behavior. In fact wherever you see government programs, handouts, and bureaucrats you get a bunch of amoral and immoral behavior. Programs like this are just a way for taxpayers to “take the bait” with collectivist ideology. Bureaucrats on the other hand can be a bad influence. They have no MOJO!

  6. MSBassSinger says:

    There is a way to nearly stop new HIV infections (taht is all I am addressing in this post). It has been known since AIDS was called GRIDS.
    1. Stop having anal sex.
    2. Stop using illegal IV drugs.

    Both are things that no government can do for you. You have to stop such behavior for yourself.

    The profit potential for the first drug company that comes up with a cure for the AIDS virus is huge. The same can be said for the first drug company that comes up with a cure for genital herpes. Yet, after decades of work, there is no cure. Of course, finding a cure for a virus already in your system is nigh onto impossible. Why do think there is no cure for the various strains of colds and flu? You think there is no profit potential there?

    Government can never find the solution for this, if it can be found, faster than private medicine. We have certainly spent enough tax dollars trying. The pharmaceutical comapnies have spent even more than the government (relative to the available money they have to spend) trying.

    But, at some point, the best way to combat new cases of HIV/AIDS is to simply tell the truth. Anal sex and illegal IV drug use are the primary ways you get AIDS. If you choose to continue behavior you know is self-destructive, do others really have an government-enforced obligation to sacrifice for your willing mistake?

  7. Bill Simon says:

    Chris,

    These are Buzz’s words: “Of course, boo-freaking-hoo that this program has been cut. Except I’ve figured out where the trends are: among those who have unprotected sex and share needles in the use of illegal drugs!”

  8. MSBassSinger says:

    As to babies born with HIV, children orphaned by AIDS, and those few who got it through blood transfusions, as a Christian I am more concerned as to how much we are helping them. Government help never ends well. But we in the Church are mandated to help the sick.

    I would find it interesting if other posters on here would let us know what their respective religious organizations are doing. There are about 15 million children orphaned by AIDS. From what I have seen, all the major Protestant denominations and the Catholic denomination are very involved (time and money) in ministering to those with AIDS worldwide.

    I know my very conservative church is involved, and in addition to supporting ministries that help those with HIV/AIDs locally and worldwide, the teaching there is that if you know someone with HIV or AIDS, you should love and comfort them, regardless of whether they acquired it through willful behavior or by some means beyond their control. No government program can replace a friend who stands by you.

  9. Bill Simon says:

    Bass,

    You still need research to figure out trends and concentrations of geographical propensity in order for the church (or, any group) to better help people. After all, no organization has limitless resources of money, manpower, or time.

  10. MSBassSinger says:

    Bill Simon,

    My point on that was that it isn’t government that can help, or that Christians are not doing enough. It was that there is a lot of help already out there, a lot of it by the Church, but the libs who cry for more governemnt spending are either ignorant of that or choose not to recognize it. I suspect their goal is not really helping those with HIV/AIDS, but using the image of sick children to advance their socialist agenda.

  11. Rogue109 says:

    These are Buzz’s words: “Of course, boo-freaking-hoo that this program has been cut. Except I’ve figured out where the trends are: among those who have unprotected sex and share needles in the use of illegal drugs!”

    Actually, Bill, they are my words.

  12. Rogue109 says:

    Buzz appears to have forgotten that some of this HIV-infected women get pregnant and have HIV-infected babies.

    Bill, you needed the CDC to tell you that HIV infected women can spawn HIV infected children?

  13. Game Fan says:

    re:
    The profit potential for the first drug company that comes up with a cure for the AIDS virus is huge.

    Econ 101: Actually they make more money treating diseases rather than curing them.

  14. MSBassSinger says:

    re:
    Econ 101: Actually they make more money treating diseases rather than curing them.

    Common sense 101: Actually, the one who finds the cure makes more money by taking away their competitor’s marketshare. A cure is always preferred by the customer than a treatment.

    And if you think pharmaceutical companies really would operate that way given people’s lives with this illness, you live in fantasy land.

  15. GOPeach says:

    Mothers who eat too much sugar have diabetic babies.

    Mothers who smoke cigarettes, have kids with respiratory diseases.

    Mothers who smoke crack, have “crack babies”.

    Mothers who lack amino acids and iron, have babies with spinal bifida.

    We do not simply murder those who are weak –
    That is called EUGENICS! It is DARWANIAN thinking … survival of the fittest.

    Let’s rise above this mentality and have COMPASSION!

  16. MSBassSinger says:

    GOPeach,
    Who was suggesting we murder (or even just not help) those who are weak? Did I miss something (which in and of itself wouldn’t be a surprise)?

  17. Bill Simon says:

    WOW! I guess it had been so long since Rogue had posted that I mistook the post to be originated from Buzz.

    My apologies to Buzz.

    AND, again, my lack of caffeine caused the error.

    (Note to self: NO blogging unless I have consumed at least 2 bottles of Propel’s Invigorating Water.)

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