Thursday, May 17, 2012

Homosexuality and HIV

Dear Reader,

I was chatting with a friend of mine (we'll call him Mark) who remarked, off-hand, that he didn't think that homosexuality was that damaging of an issue, and thus as Christians we should not be vocal on preventing homosexuality. As we talked, I remember hearing from somewhere that homosexuality placed men at greater risk of contracting HIV, but I could not remember a citation off the top of my head (for a researcher, this is painful, btw). So over the following posts, I am beginning my cataloging of some of my findings for a future article on the topic.

First of all, I decided to go to one of the most qualified sources (and usually anti-whatever-my-position-is sources) available: the American Medical Association. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), for all of the bad press I may give it every now and then, is actually a fantastic collection of articles, studies, and informative materials that will keep you up-to-speed on what is going on in your world in the realm of human health and treatment. They had an article from 2000 regarding a study on internet sexual solicitation and the rise in HIV, which I found fascinating because it included whether the individual was heterosexual or homosexual in their study and analysis.

According to the article summary, "internet seekers were more likely to be men (P<.001) and homosexual (P<.001)," along several other indicators that those who seek partners via the internet 1) are homosexual, and 2) are HIV positive. Now, this by no means indicates that those who are homosexuals are the same people who contribute to a higher number of people who are HIV positive, but it raises eyebrows as to whether this is purely coincidence or not -- and this type of research is what I will be honing in on in the coming weeks.

Final aim: truly understand what the dangers are that face homosexual couples beyond the soul ramifications that come from the act. Until further research comes, I remain,

Watching the stars,


"I watch the stars, for it is mine to watch, as it is your's, Badger, to remember." ~ Glenstorm

1 comment:

  1. HIV is just one of MANY of the dangers of homosexuality. It's something no one wants to talk about but at least as far as men are concerned homosexuality is simply unhealthy. I was watching a Dr. Oz episode on TV and they were talking about teens and sexuality and the thing that stunned the female doctor they had as their "expert" that day was to learn that many teenage girls were practicing um (wow I hate to get too graphic) sodomy. She then warned the girls of the dangers of it and how harmful it was for their health and I sat there and thought, but if a doctor said that to a homosexual male they would cry discrimination and probably get sued! The thing is what she said was absolutely true! The act itself is very bad for you, period!

    That being said, as Christians we have every right to speak out against homosexuality since the Scripture is very clear that it is against God's design, plan and purpose. God considers it very damaging and warns us to not do it. Of course as Christians we need to handle ourselves in a proper manner. You can check the recent article for more on that aspect of it.

    I'll be looking forward to seeing more of the results of your research in days to come.


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