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Superbug linked to homosexual behavior
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Eerily reminiscent of reports a quarter century ago of the rapidly spreading AIDS epidemic, a new variety of staphylococcus bacteria, highly resistant to antibiotics, is now spreading among homosexual males in San Francisco, Boston, New York and Los Angeles, according to a new report in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
“Wake up, medical and political establishment: Homosexual behavior is unhealthy – no matter how many secular sermons you preach against ‘homophobia,’” wrote Peter LaBarbera in a statement on the Americans for Truth About Homosexuality website.
“Due to liberal political correctness, which insists on treating aberrant – even deadly – behaviors and lifestyles as a ‘civil right,’ we as a society don’t seem to have learned much from the AIDS pandemic,” he said.
He called it an “eerie reminder” of the first stories about AIDS. “It is unfathomable that after that plague, disease specialists and the media are now surprised at the correlation of a new infection with homosexual behavior,” he said.
The study noted that cases were found in the highest concentrations in and around San Francisco’s Castro district and in patients who visit health clinics that treat HIV infections in homosexuals in Boston and San Francisco.
The bacteria is called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and has been seen previously in hospitalized patients. However over the last few years, researchers said its impact has expanded, with a strain called USA300 now being documented as an exceptionally drug-resistant variant.
The bacteria is resistant to six common antibiotics, and the study revealed that nearly 1 in 500 residents in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood is infected. The risk homosexuals will contract it is 13 times greater than the rest of the city’s population.
“We probably had it here first, and now it is spreading elsewhere,” Binh An Deip, the report’s lead author, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “This is a national problem, and San Francisco is at the epicenter.”
The infection causes boils and other infections but the report said what is unusual is that up to 40 percent of the infections occur in the buttocks and genitalia.
“Data … suggest that multidrug-resistant USA300 has spread rapidly among men who have sex with men in San Francisco and Boston, and that having male-male sex seems to be a risk factor…,” the report said.
The report also warned that because of the “patterns of increased sexual risk behaviors” among homosexuals, largely because of a carelessness that has resulted from “the availability of potent antiretroviral therapy” to treat HIV, there also has been an accompanying resurgence in early syphilis, rectal gonorrhea and new HIV infections among the homosexual populations studied.
Some cases even have developed into “necrotizing fascitis,” the so-called “flesh-eating” disease because of its quick progression that often requires surgery, or amputation, to halt its progress, the report said.
“It is not clear whether the behavior potentiating these infections among men who have sex with men is anal sex …, skin-abrading sexual practices, or increased frequency of intimate skin-to-skin contact; prevention messages may therefore need to suggest caution in each of these practices,” the report said.
LaBarbera said the following questions need to be answered urgently:
He noted just one reader comment in the Chronicle:
“We as a species just don’t seem to get it: There are consequences to behavior!” wrote luvgabe. “We no longer take AIDS seriously anymore because of drug treatment, so we go back to doing the same behavior, which brings on a new epidemic that now threatens to jump the boundary to become a hetero scourge as well.”
The report noted the bacteria resists “several important antimicrobial classes for treatment … including clindamycin, tetracycline, and mupirocin.” It actually fails to respond significantly to erythromycin, Cipro-like antibiotics and drugs in the penicillin family, too.
Of the antibiotics still available in the battle, the study warns, “prudent use … for suspected MRSA disease in men who have sex with men is advisable to slow the emergence of even more resistant community-associated MRSA.”
The federal Centers for Disease Control documents that various forms of MRSA are costing 19,000 lives annually in the United States already.
The study estimated some 200 cases of the new bacterial variant are developing in San Francisco annually, mostly among homosexuals.
“We are nowhere near the peak,” Diep told the newspaper.
Matt Barber, policy director for cultural issues with Concerned Women for America, said society has adopted a lassez faire attitude toward such sexual behaviors.
“Television shows like Will and Grace glorify the homosexual lifestyle while our children are taught in schools that homosexuality is a perfectly healthy, alternative sexual ‘orientation.’ ‘Stay out of our bedrooms!’ we’re often commanded by militant ‘gay’ activists,” he said. “Well, now the dangerous and possibly deadly consequence of what occurs in those bedrooms is spilling over into the general population. It’s not only frightening, it’s infuriating.
“Citizens, especially parents, need to stand up and say, ‘No More! We will no longer sit idly by while politically correct cultural elites endanger our children and larger communities through propagandist promotion of this demonstrably deadly lifestyle,’” he said.
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