Tuesday, March 17, 2009

On Africa trip, pope displays complete lack of regard for health issues

From Yahoo news:

YAOUNDE, Cameroon – Condoms are not the answer to Africa's fight against HIV, Pope Benedict XVI said Tuesday as he began a weeklong trip to the continent. He also said that pigs fly. It was the pope's first explicit statement on an issue that has divided even clergy working with AIDS patients.


The pope also said that he is a dumbass.

In similar news, the AIDS/HIV prevalence rate in the District of Columbia is estimated at 3%. An epidemic is quantified as a 1% infection/prevalence rate, according the to the Washington Post article I read yesterday. So it's a severe epidemic in the city. I somehow doubt that U.S. Representative who held up the D.C. budget a few years back over a program that would have promoted condom use is losing any sleep over this serious problem.

3 comments:

ginger-talk said...

A good breakdown of the figures and lively discussion can be found here:

http://dcist.com/2009/03/dc_hivaids_rate_tops_generalized_an.php

mdh said...

I heard about this on the BBC late last night, where they added that the highest risk group in DC is the 40-49 year olds, with as much as 7% infected?

Wow. I wonder what the 'closet' effect is on all this.

Chuckles said...

It's almost like nobody with any power, authority, or drive to change anything looks east of 16th street NW.