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The Politics of Health Issues

Scott on September 21, 2006 at 1:26 pm

The CDC has now recommended that everyone between the ages of 13-64 be tested regularly for HIV. 

And I agree.  HIV is a major health issue and, given its virilence, it should be tested for just like we test for TB.  I’ve believe that since working for the L.A. County Deptartment of Health Services back in the early 1990′s (which is a different story for a different time).

Anyhow, HIV testing should have been widespread since the 1980s.  And since its discovery, it should have been classified as a disease that should be tracked (as is done with other infectious and/or sexually transmitted diseases).

It has been a disservice to the citizens of this country and of the rest of the world that HIV has been allowed to be politicized by liberals and many gay rights activists.

Unfortunately, this “recommendation” to encourage HIV testing is not anything that is enforceable, and even if it were enforceable there are still laws on the books to criminalize the practice of compiling, tracking and sharing HIV statistics and case information. 

Until this happens, HIV will continue to be an epidemic that affects people across all walks of life but which the liberal and gay lobbies want to protect and pretend that it doesn’t really matter.

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