November 30, 2012

HIV Partner Transmission is Cut by Extremely HIGH Numbers


Treating people with HIV who have uninfected partners significantly reduces transmission rates researchers in China have found.  We Have known that for a couple of years.  I have posted on it for at least 18 months, yet is like a secret that is not supposed to get out because is going to cause a disaster. A disaster happened in the early 80’s and perhaps earlier than that. So new information that is accurate is a good thing. and yes….being on therapy keeps your sex partner from getting HIV. 100%? Tell me what is 100%. But if you are un-dectabled and in active retroviral therapy suppression is very close! 97-98% conservative.  Is this going to make people go out and do what? Have more sex? Impossible!   Put a man in the ocean without water, encircled by a salty deadly ocean and let’s see if he drinks the salty water which will kill him…or not. 
 I am just pro information. I think that when we humans don’t get clear accurate information it means that we will make decisions based on misinformation and how can that be good? 
 Also what doesn’t seems to get through is that making this virus visible, meaning that people are tested like we get tested for a venereal disease or high blood pressure and without all the fanfare we will bring into therapy those that don’t want to know but still have sex, like if that was their decision. It is not if they are [sexually active]. What we have to ensure is that health privacy and discrimination laws that are federal and also in most states now, are enforced. 
adamfoxie*
Now to the Lancet report:
A clinical trial had shown benefits of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment before.
But this trial, reported in the Lancet, is the first "real-life" public health programme of its kind.
A UK HIV expert said there was a growing consensus that getting ARV drugs to as many people as need them would cut transmission rates.
Treatment goal
To mark World Aids Day, the World Health Organization has issued a statement on global progress on cutting new infections and Aids-related deaths.
In 2011, there were 2.5 million new infections - down 700,000 from the 2001 figure - and an estimated 1.7 million people died from Aids-related illnesses in 2011 - 600,000 fewer than in 2005.
The WHO says improving access to ARV drugs is key to cutting rates further.

Man analysing blood samples

The drugs reduce the amount of virus in the blood, and cut the risk of an infected person passing HIV on.
Last year, at the UN General Assembly, governments agreed to set the goal of getting 15 million HIV-infected people worldwide on the life-saving antiretroviral medicines by 2015.
The WHO says this target could be within reach - provided countries can sustain current rates.
And it says about eight million people in low and middle-income countries are getting the treatment they need, up from just 0.4 million in 2003.
Dr Gottfried Hirnschall, director of the WHO's HIV department, said: "The challenge now is to ensure that global progress is mirrored at all levels and in all places so that people, whoever they are and wherever they live, can obtain antiretroviral therapy when they need it."
This year, the WHO issued new guidelines for treating people with HIV who have uninfected partners with antiretrovirals.
'Real-world impact'
The research from China, which followed couples for up to nine years, was the first programme to really test this out in the real world.
In 24,000 couples, the HIV-infected partner had received treatment at the start of the study period - to test out the preventative benefits - while 14,800 had not.
This was because they had not met the national guidelines HIV positive people normally have to meet to receive treatment.
  In the treated group, there were 1.3 cases of transmission per 100 person years, compared with 2.6 per 100 person years in the untreated group. 
The researchers say this equates to a 26% reduction in the risk of HIV transmission. This is a lot lower than the 89% difference seen in the clinical trial.
And the authors say the protective effects of ARV therapy only appeared to last a year, with transmission rates becoming more similar between the treated and untreated couples in later years.
Keith Alcorn, of the HIV/Aids expert group NAM Aidsmap, said it was an interesting study.
"It shows the real-world impact of using ARV treatment in this way.
"The results are not as big a reduction in transmission as in the clinical trial, but there is still an effect."
He said the difference could be explained by people not adhering to their drug regime as well as they did in the study, or stopping their treatment after experiencing side effects.
Mr Alcorn added: "There is a growing international consensus that treating everyone who needs it is going to have an impact on transmission."

McAfee Founder Story Gets More Queer, if Possible


Chris Richards/The New York Times via Redux
John McAfee at his home in Rodeo, New Mexico, on June 4, 2009.


John McAfee, the founder of the popular anti-virus software maker, is considered “a person of interest” in the murder of U.S. citizen Gregory Faull and has yet to be located, Belize National Security Ministry spokesman Raphael Martinez said.
McAfee Founder Is Suspect in Murder of American Ex-Pat in Belize
John McAfee, founder of the popular anti-virus software maker, is wanted for questioning in the murder investigation of a U.S. citizen in Belize, according to the National Security Ministry. Source: News5 Belize 
The two Americans, whose homes on the Belizean island ofAmbergris Caye were separated by a few yards, had “some sort of conflict” which was thought to be linked to McAfee’s dogs, Martinez said in an interview today. Four of McAfee’s dogs were poisoned last weekend, Martinez said, and Faull, a 52-year-old contractor and Florida native, was found dead on Nov. 11, with a bullet wound in the back of his head.
National police are continuing to search for McAfee, who Wired magazine reported is hiding within the Central American nation, citing a phone interview with the former entrepreneur.
“All police precincts across the country have been alerted of the case and are on the look-out for Mr. McAfee,” Martinez said. “Hopefully by now he knows police are looking for him. At this time, the police are asking for him to come in for questioning about the case.”

Buried in Sand

McAfee, who founded the Santa Clara, California-based McAfee Inc. in 1989, buried himself in the sand with a cardboard box over his head when police arrived at his home on Nov. 11, according to the report by Wired. He remains in hiding because he believes he’ll be killed if he’s taken into custody for questioning, the story said.
Martinez said that two suspects in the murder have been detained and brought in for questioning. A laptop computer and iPhone were missing from Faull’s home, he said. Martinez said he didn’t have contact information for a lawyer for McAfee.
“We urge law enforcement authorities in Belize and internationally to bring those responsible to justice quickly,” Faull’s family said in a statement e-mailed today by Texas-based DPK Public Relations.
McAfee told Wired Magazine that he was innocent and that he was worried that Faull’s killers may have been pursuing him and made a mistake by killing Faull.

Yoga Enthusiast

McAfee, a yoga enthusiast and author of books on the topic, relocated to Belize in 2008 after his $100 million fortune was reduced to $4 million after a series of failed investments in property, real estate and bonds at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., according to a 2009 article in the New York Times. Intel Corp. (INTC) agreed to buy McAfee Inc. for $7.68 billion, at the time its largest acquisition, in 2010.
McAfee spokeswoman Tracy Ross said the company doesn’t comment on former employees and that he “retired from McAfee in 1994, and has not had any affiliation with the company since then,” in an e-mail response to requests for comment.
Since arriving in Belize, McAfee, 67, made headlines in May when his beachfront home was raided by the Central American nation’s police on suspicion of drug production. McAfee said the raid was government orchestrated and that one of his dogs was killed during the operation, according to an interview with newspaper the Belize Reporter.
“I love Belize,” he said in the video interview after the raid. “I have no intention of giving up on Belize in anyway what so ever.”

U.S. Military Veteran

Faull purchased his home on Ambergris Caye several years ago, his family said in today’s statement. As a long-time contractor, Faull used his expertise in construction to rebuild the home, which had been damaged in a hurricane, according to the statement.
Faull served in the U.S. Navy and Marines and spent his adult life as a contractor in Florida, working on projects at Disney World and other theme parks, his family said. He also built an on-campus restaurant known as Tailgaters Smokehouse & Spirits at the University of Central Florida, the statement said.
“Losing Greg leaves a hole in our hearts and our lives,” his family said the statement.
To contact the reporter on this story: Adam Williams in San JoseCosta Rica atawilliams111@bloomberg.net

Dr. Oz is Either Misinformed or over His Head


Dr. Öz at ServiceNation 2008
Dr. Öz at ServiceNation 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Despite being a cardiothorasic surgeon, Doctor Mehmet Cengiz Oz has found himself often making rather bad decisions outside his field. Recently, Oz did a program on his “Dr. Oz Show” that earned the anger and ire of the LGBT Community. Dr. Oz aired an episode on 28 November in which he promoted a discussion of reparative therapy. One of his guests was Julie Hamilton, a representative from the anti-gay group National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, or NARTH.
NARTH is at odds with every professional group out there given that there exists no credible study showing that ex-gay therapy is effective. Wayne Bessen of Truth Wins Out, in a Huffington Post op-ed about ex-gay therapy, also pointed out that “The already shredded credibility of such groups markedly deteriorated this year after Exodus International’s leader, Alan Chambers, said that his “ex-gay” ministry did not work for 99.9 percent of clients.”
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s Herndon Graddic was angry over the inclusion of NARTH and stated that “The idea of therapists attempting to change a patient’s sexual orientation has been proven ineffective and dangerous, and has been soundly and conclusively rejected by the entire medical establishment. This line of thinking is outdated, ultimately harmful, and in modern media, should be treated like lobotomies or medical mercury.”
The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) was also not happy about NARTH’s inclusion in the show, and their executive director Dr. Eliza Byard stated that “The Dr. Oz Show provided a platform to a fringe organization promoting dangerous and harmful practices that every major health, mental health and education organization has consistently repudiated as harmful to youth.”
PFLAG’s statement was “Although the show also featured guests who condemned the idea and practice of ‘reparative therapy,’ Dr. Oz himself never weighed in, and the audience was misled to believe that there are actual experts on both sides of this issue.”
Oz apparently did not care, and he “felt that we needed to include all parties who have considered reparative therapy to hear the stories of people who have tried these treatments. Although some viewers may disagree with this tactic, if we want to reach everyone who might benefit from understanding the risks of this therapy, you have to present multiple perspectives.”
“After listening to both sides of the issue and after reviewing the available medical data, I agree with the established medical consensus. I have not found enough published data supporting positive results with gay reparative therapy and I have concerns about the potentially dangerous effects when the therapy fails, especially when minors are forced into treatments.”
Unfortunately, Oz never mentioned any of this on the air.
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The Homophobe Bigot Pastor Jones Has Been Looking for Attention } Death Penalty in Egypt

Terry Jones is going to have to put off that tour of the pyramids. The firebrand, Koran-burning, riot-inciting minister of hate in Gainesville has been sentenced to death in Egypt over his role in promoting a film tied to deadly protests around the Islamic world this summer.

Jones, predictably, used the sentence to issue a new diatribe against all Muslims, saying it "shows the true face of Islam."

 The Egyptian court tried Jones in absentia on Wednesday on charges tied to the "Innocence of Muslims," the hamhanded anti-Islam movie that helped spark waves of deadly clashes from Tunisia to Libya.

The video first came to notice across the Middle East because it was included in an email promoting the latest anti-Islam stunt by Jones, who was already well known for threatening to burn a Koran on 9/11's anniversary and then going through with the bonfire this past March.

The Egyptian court found Jones guilty of harming national unity, insulting and publicly attacking Islam, and spreading false information.

Though the death sentence sounds severe, it's common in absentia cases, the AP reports, and is largely seen as a symbolic condemnation.

Jones lashed out about the trial, calling it another sign of Islam's intolerance.

"We can speak out here in America," Jones tells the AP. "That freedom means that we criticize government leadership, religion even at times. Islam is not a religion that tolerates any type of criticism."

Ask yourself: Why do you really want to stay pals with your ex?


Sorry, But This is Why You Can’t Be Friends with Your Ex








Reese’s peanut butter cups have always made me sick.

This morning, I ate two for breakfast. I have had a terrible stomachache since then.
You may ask, why I eat them, even when I know they will make me sick.
The answer is simple: I love them.
This is the same reason why we get into trouble and do things we know are bad for us. In other words, this is why we befriend or try to befriend our exes when we know we shouldn’t.
If you are reading this, shaking your fist, and saying: “I am friends with my ex, dummy!” Then this article is clearly not for you.
According to a 2004 NBC.com poll, 48 percent of people surveyed said they stayed friends with their ex after a breakup, while 18 percent said they tried to, but it didn’t work out. 
I’m speaking to the 18 percent of you (myself included) who have tried, but failed to stay friends with a former flame.
First a disclaimer: I’m not saying you can’t be friends with any exes. Some people are perfect capable of being chums with their past loves, particularly if their break-ups were mutual, the relationship was more platonic than passionate, or if they jointly outgrew each other. In fact, I am friendly with a couple exes, but it is because they fit into one of the above categories.
Those exes that I cannot be friends with are the ones who broke my heart. And too often, they are the only exes that I actually want to be friends with
“Why would you even want to be friends with those people?”
Please refer to the Reese’s peanut butter cup statement form earlier.
Love is the reason we try so desperately to remain in their lives, yet, it is exactly the same reason we should not.
According to a recent YourTango.com poll, 71 percent of people surveyed admitted that they thought about their ex “too much” – and more than 57 percent of singles said that “thinking about their ex prevents them finding new love.”
Obviously, right? If you’re still hung up on your past, it’s going to be difficult to move on to your future, especially when the person you’re hung up on is still a regular fixture in your life.

In “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” the title characters Celeste and Jesse explore the notion offriendship after a breakup. After growing up together and eventually falling in love and getting married, Celeste and Jesse decide to separate and file for divorce. However, instead of going their separate ways, the two continue to live, hang out, and spend all their time together, which prevents either from moving on.
Yet, each remains friends with the other for different reasons. Celeste is comfortable with Jesse, and still enjoys all the benefits of his companionship, whereas Jesse believes that Celeste will eventually come back around.
For a while, it seems the pair are genuine pals – until one fateful night, when they start building IKEA furniture together, get drunk, and hook up.
Intentions are muddled. Feelings are hurt, and the couple finally comes to terms with the fact that their “friendship”, is in fact, a complete fantasy.
While watching this film, I couldn’t help but relate to Jesse’s character. I too, once had a similar experience, where I thought that the other person would eventually come around – if I just waited long enough. Years passed, and the guise of “just friends” became more and more difficult to muster, especially, since he continued to date other people, while I pretended not to care and tried to focus on looking as amazing as possible for the next time we would platonically see each other.
No amount of weight loss, makeover, or new wardrobe was able to revert his feelings for me. After all, we were just friends now, and he had moved on.
But where was I? I was in pain – you might say, the equivalent of eating a 1000 Reese’s peanut butter cups.

But that I had an ephany. At last, I admitted that I didn’t want to be “friends” with these exes – I just didn’t want to lose them. Some part of me, believed that if we could still be in each other’s lives, in any capacity – big or small - then we’d get back together. Everything would go back to the way things were, which is precisely why I tolerated those miserable stomachaches.
Now is the part where I tell you that I don’t know what’s going to happen in your future. Perhaps, you will get back together with your ex, after all. Amazingly, my third-grade boyfriend and I ended up rekindling our romance our first year of college. (though it still didn’t work out the second time around...)
But the real question is: How long will you wait to find out? How many more stomachaches will you endure for someone has already hurt you so much?
http://www.psychologytoday.com

UK Football Association Must Do More For Players To Be Safe Coming Out


Stonewall says the authorities must work to create an environment where a gay player feels able to come out
Manchester United footballer Ander Lindegaard is one of many people urging the Football Association to crack down on homophobia in football.
Gay rights campaigners are urging the UK’s Football Association to get tough on anti-gay hate in the sport.
Stonewall is working with the FA on initiatives to tackle the issue, but they say it is up to the authorities to create an environment in which players are not fearful about the consequences of coming out.
‘Anti-gay abuse is all too common on both terraces and pitches. This abuse almost always goes unchallenged,' Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said. 
‘Fans believe that it is this abuse, from fans, players and teammates that deters gay people from playing football.'
Stonewall conducted a YouGov survey with more than 2000 fans and people working football, and came to the conclusion authorities need to robustly tackle the anti-gay abuse that creates what they call a ‘culture of fear where gay players feel it is unsafe to come out.’
Summerskill said: ‘The research also demonstrates that many others – including women supporters and those with families – are deterred from attending games by the presence of gay abuse.’
In a recent blog, he said young gay people need a 'hero' to look up to, urging for a top-level footballer to come out.
His comments come after homophobia was named the 'biggest problem in football' by the UK government.
Football player Clarke Carlisle, chair of the UK Professional Footballer’s Association, promised if a gay player did come out they would receive the full support from the union.
While he insisted he would never ‘out’ a player, he said in talks with eight gay closeted players, he said one may be ready to come out soon.
Carlisle said: ‘The only point of reference for any of the players who are considering this is Justin Fashanu - and his story is a tragedy.’
Justin Fashanu was the first, and only, English footballer to come out in 1990. Eight years later, he committed suicide.

NYC } Lohan Alleg Punches Woman at Night Club Last Night





Lindsay Lohan Arrested After Allegedly Punching Woman At Nightclub

Latest! {The information I have is that the woman asked Lindsay if she wanted 
her palm read
and before she knew it, Lindsay had her fist not her palm on the woman’s face}

Lindsay Lohan, 26, has been arrested after allegedly punching a woman in the face at a Manhattan nightclub.
Lohan and Tiffany Eve Mitchell, 28, reportedly got into an altercation at Avenue 
nightclub, located in the Chelsea section of the city. Lohan was taken into custody
 at around4:00 a.m. Mitchell left the 10th Precinct at around 7:15 a.m. 
She was not charged.
This is only the latest legal problem for the actress. This past September, Lohan and a congressional aide allegedly got into a fight over photos the aide had on his phone.
 The case was later dropped. Lohan was also accused of hitting a man with her car 
outside another nightclub in the city. She was not charged.
Lohan’s father, Michael, was disappointed to hear about his daughter’s latest kerfuffle 
with the law, calling out her hard partying mother. “Again, it’s ALL on Dina," he said in 
a text to the New York Daily News. "The ones that care are the ones (Lindsay) hurts
 the most! She is in a dark place, it’s in God’s hands.”
Lohan received a desk appearance ticket for misdemeanor assault and is expected 
back in court on Jan. 11. It’s likely that she will be charged with third degree assault. 
Lohan is also on probation in California, as a result of misdemeanor theft when she 
stole a $2,500 necklace from a jewelry store in Venice Beach. Lohan also had a car 
accident in June in which she reportedly lied about the accident. She could face jail
 time if a judge feels she violated her probation.

Fr. AL Attorney General to KKK } "U can Kiss My Azz"

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A former Attorney General’s frank reply to a white supremacist’s threatening letter has gone viral after the website “Letters of Note” published it on Monday.

After being elected Attorney General of Alabama in 1970, 29-year-old Bill Baxley (pictured above) reopened the 16th Street Church bombing case that involved the deaths of four young African-American girls who died when their church was firebombed in 1963. The initial investigation ended without a conviction but Baxley vowed to find and punish the men who took the four girl’s lives.
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His steadfast commitment to the case drew the ire of segregationists and white supremacist Edward R. Fields– founder of the “National States’ Rights Party” and “Grand Dragon” of the New Order Knights of the Ku Klux Klan–sent him a threatening letter for his efforts, according to the History Channel.
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The young Attorney General sent Fields a succinct reply on state letterhead:
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 
STATE OF ALABAMA
February 28, 1976
“Dr.” Edward R. Fields
National States Rights Party
P. O. Box 1211 
Marietta, Georgia 30061
Dear “Dr.” Fields:
My response to your letter of February 19, 1976, is – kiss my ass.
Sincerely,
BILL BAXLEY
Attorney General
The young lawyer got his conviction a year later.
Robert Chambliss, who was tried and cleared of wrongdoing in a 1963, was convicted for killing the four girls in the 1977 trial that Baxley prosecuted. He died in prison in 1985. Chambliss carried out the act with fellow Klan members Bobby Frank CherryThomas E. Blanton and Herman Cash. Cherry was convicted for his involvement in the bombing in 2002 and died in 2004. Blanton wasconvicted in 2001 at the age of 63 and is serving life in prison. Cash died before he could be charged.
(Spike Lee chronicled the case in his documentary “Four Little Girls.”)
The Huffington Post reports that this is not the first time Baxley’s letter has been highlighted by the media. Back in 1977, People magazine interviewed a then 36-year-old Baxley while be was prosecuting the case. ”Now I could do what I had sworn to do,” he reportedly said after being elected attorney general in the early 1970s. “Within two months in office I had set one goal for myself: to solve that bombing case.”
And he did just that.
Now 71, Baxley is currently working as a trial lawyer in Birmingham, Alabama.

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