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New York Times: Poor Black and Hispanic Men Are the Face of H.I.V.

Everything bad affects poor Black and Hispanic men disproportionately. Incredibly, the NYT says this: “Nationally, when only men under 25 infected through gay sex are counted, 80 percent are black or Hispanic — even though they engage in less high-risk behavior than their white peers.” [Emphasis added]

Absolute bullshit – they live dangerous lives and they suffer for it. They do not have the ability to think about the long-term consequences of their behavior and they get diseases.

And they are poor. Treatments for diseases are expensive. We have to pay for their foolish and irresponsible behavior.

Near the beginning of the article:

“Giselle, a homeless 23-year-old transgender woman with cafe-au-lait skin, could be called the new face of the epidemic.

‘I tested positive about a year ago,’ said Giselle, who was born male but now has a girlish hair spout, wears a T-shirt tight across a feminine chest and identifies herself as a woman. ‘I don’t know how, exactly. I was homeless. I was escorting. I’ve been raped.’

‘Yes, I use condoms,’ she added. ‘But I’m not going to lie. I slip sometimes. Trust me — everyone here who says, ‘I always use condoms’? They don’t always.'”

An HIV positive black transgender “woman” with a penis continues to have sex without a condom, and that is your fault. You, dear taxpayer, have not done enough to reach this group. “Critics say little is being done to save this group, and none of it with any great urgency.”

What are we supposed to do?

We will have to spend more public money to find a cure, and then spend more public money giving the cure to the infected poor people free of charge. We will have to do this forever. But no, even finding a cure and providing it free will not work. They don’t take the anti-viral medications already available.

“According to the C.D.C., 79 percent of H.I.V.-infected black men who have sex with men and 74 percent of Hispanics are not ‘virally suppressed,’ meaning they can transmit the infection, either because they are not yet on antiretroviral drugs or are not taking them daily.

Giselle admitted to sometimes skipping days. ‘The medicine gets you sick,’ she said. ‘It messes up your mental state. Or it can be freezing and I’m sweating.’

Missed doses let the virus rebound, sometimes in drug-resistant strains, experts said.”

Again I ask, what are we supposed to do? We can’t kill them, we can’t quarantine them, we can’t educate them, and we can’t treat them.