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Author Topic: HIV Infection Is Most Concentrated In The South, Where Students Donít Learn Abou  (Read 1020 times)

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Very troubling.  On a side note, I've been seeing the 2% figure used a lot lately.  I use to always hear 10%, and likely higher, when you count all the gays living their lives in secret, married to people of the opposite sex.  It was always people like Pat Robertson, who said the numbers were inflated and we made up just 2%.  That's how I remember it anyway. 

Is the 2% figure considered to be the best estimate? 

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I don't think there is an actual scientific consensus of what that percentage is but I want to point out that the 2% in this article refers to the number of men having sex with men among the general population. It's not the percentage of homosexuals (which would be 4% if you assume there are as many lesbians as there are gays).

10% seems a bit high to me, no? Anyway, personal perception depends a lot on where you live.

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many of us are working on the education problem here in SC. In an odd turn from the rest of the Southern states, SC actually has very good comprehensive sex education laws on the books. The problem arises because there is no enforcement to hold to the standard, so the schools tend to go off on their own sex ed programs.

My friends over at Tell Them! (http://www.tellthemsc.org a grass roots advocacy group of health advocates supporting age-appropriate, medically accurate health education and increased access to high-quality reproductive health, HIV and STI counseling and services.) put out a report at the start of this year about the problem. Looking at each county they found that parts of the state have great sex health education and other parts have simply terrible sex ed. The group has been sponsoring forums across the state (much like the SC HIV/AIDS task force will be holding Medicaid Expansion forums soon) trying to educate that the citizenry that believes our children are receiving comprehensive sex ed because that's what the law says, that our children in actuality aren't being educated properly.

A bill has been introduced into the state Legislature this session to give some enforcement teeth to the comprehensive sex ed laws already on the books.

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Hmm, go back and look at the map in the article.  There are 7 states in the south, and then 7 states in the north that all fall into the top category.  So isn't saying it's 'mostly concentrated in the south' wrong?

There are just as many areas in the north as there are in the south.

North: Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Mass, North Carolina, D.C. (7)

South: Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi (7)

So how can they deduce education has any relevance when their entire premise is skewed from the get go.  If anything it sounds like they don't like people in the south.
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So isn't saying it's 'mostly concentrated in the south' wrong?
"Half of all new infections in the United States are in the South, although the region has only a little more than a third of the countryís population, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The South also has the highest death rate due to HIV."
http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-07-20/news/35486202_1_hiv-infections-jonathan-mermin-aids-prevention-division

if half of all new infections are in the South, the other half is spread across the entire US. Although there may be a higher concentration in that northern area, it's less than half.

North Carolina
And by the way NORTH CAROLINA is a Southern state so please change your counts to 6 and 8 respectively.

"But the South is heavily affected.Ē The Deep South ó Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and east Texas ó has been hit hardest. "
http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-07-20/news/35486202_1_hiv-infections-jonathan-mermin-aids-prevention-division
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