Sunday, December 02, 2012

I am just asking a question about AIDS/HIV and RACE!

World AIDS Day has come and gone and the conversation about AIDS/HIV continues. The cure has yet to be found and the national campaign to get us all tested for HIV/AIDS continues. However, every year the focus or the theme of World AIDS day seems to be Africa. Please forgive me, but I never knew AIDS saw race and/or color. Yes, in the beginning of this AIDS epidemic, which was back in the very late 1970’s, it appeared that somehow AIDS recognized sexual orientation. Strange, huh? AIDS/HIV was initially referred to as the gay white man’s disease. The disease was supposedly spread through gay sex being had among white males. Then, the disease became known as a Black people’s disease (as if sickle cell anemia wasn’t enough). Now, according to the latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, it has a become a Black female disease, which is supposedly mainly spread to these women by having sex with Black men on the "down-low" and men coming out of prison. Ok. I always thought that the virus was passed along from one infected person to non-infected person. Hmm, how does a few brothaz who get released from prison make such an impact that is being suggested by these statistics? How do a few cheating “down-low” Black men even measure up to the statistic that the CDC in Atlanta has presented to us as facts?

If this disease does not see color, race, gender, and even sexual orientation, then why aren't there staggering statistics among whites, Asians, Italians, and even Hispanics? How did Black people all over the world become so infected by this deadly disease? Please don’t insult me by saying that Black people are infected the most because of us supposedly being sexual risk takers or have unprotected sex more than any other race of people. I never knew it mattered how many times a person had sex without a condom with an infected person when comes to contracting AIDS/HIV. Also, sex was not just given to Black people by God. All people have sex. This how all races reproduce themselves. They are having plenty of sex (unprotected) in all of Europe and in all of the white suburbs all across America. Hell, in Italy, Paris, and London where wine is consumed heavily culturally, not only are these groups of whites having sex, but they are getting drunk and then having unprotected sex. So, why aren’t they contracting the AIDS virus and passing it around in their communities like it is being reported about Blacks all over the world. Also, if AIDS does not see color or race, how come these same statistics of Black women who have been contracting the virus from men have not contracted any AIDS from their white husbands and/or white boyfriends? You all do know that a lot of Black women do date/marry white men, right?

Is this to say that white men don’t have gay sex with other men in 2012 and cheat on their women? Come on now. I know you are smarter than that. Where are the statistics of biracial children born with HIV? If the virus does not see color/race, well this would mean that the Black mother to contract the HIV virus, she would have to go out and cheat on her white and Hispanic man with a Black man. This appears to be another message being sent about Black people’s alleged proclivity to bad sexual behavior and poor moral character. I’m just saying. We all know that everybody cheats on their lovers in ALL races and genders. However, the CDC and the World Health Organization gives the impression through “their” statistics and “their” purposeful focus on Blacks around the world, that we are a bunch of amoral, sexually reckless and promiscuous people. You and I know that this behavior is not exclusive to one race of people. So, what gives? Why is the focus primarily on Black people in Africa and Black people in America when it comes to AIDS/HIV?

Anyway, I just have to ask these questions sometimes because while we tend to celebrate certain days and causes, we tend not to really look deep into what we are celebrating or why the need for fundraising for a cure when there is clearly no intention of ever finding a cure. I am not saying don’t get tested. I am saying do some thinking about certain situations and even issues that are brought before you in this society that have been deemed very important. Don’t get me started on the cancer issue and this particular foundation that has made an economic killing off of people dying from cancer. This foundation is so savvy that it has gotten major corporations to fund its annual fraud for the cure campaign that’s got everybody wearing pink even the guys in the NFL! Corporate capitalism and fraud at its best.

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