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CDC Ends COVID Watch Program For Cruise Lines. What Can Go Wrong?

Trump Administration Bans 7 (Dirty) Words at the CDC, Includes: “Diversity, Transgender, and Science-based”

 

Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words sent bu the Trump administration at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget.

The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

Via The Washington Post:

In some instances, the analysts were given alternative phrases. Instead of “science-based” or ­“evidence-based,” the suggested phrase is “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the person said. In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered.

The question of how to address such issues as sexual orientation, gender identity and abortion rights — all of which received significant visibility under the Obama administration — has surfaced repeatedly in federal agencies since President Trump took office. Several key departments — including Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC, as well as Justice, Education, and Housing and Urban Development — have changed some federal policies and how they collect government information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

At the CDC, the meeting about the banned words was led by Alison Kelly, a senior leader in the agency’s Office of Financial Services, according to the CDC analyst, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly. Kelly did not say why the words are being banned, according to the analyst, and told the group that she was merely relaying the information.

News of the ban on certain words hasn’t yet spread to the broader group of scientists at the CDC, but it’s likely to provoke a backlash, the analyst said. “Our subject matter experts will not lay down quietly — this hasn’t trickled down to them yet.”

Cue George Carlin.

 

HIV Rates Still On The Rise For Gay Men; What More Can Be Done?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the number of HIV cases among gay men is still on the increase in their recent study. The CDC wisely uses terminology as Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) noting that not all of these men report as being gay or bisexual. After compiling new and active cases for the virus between 2007-2010, gay men still account for 78 percent of new cases of HIV. Other groups, like African American women, saw a significant decrease or the number of new cases are relatively the same.

The report also suggests that age plays a role in the number of new cases:

The number of new infections among the youngest MSM (aged 13-24) increased 22 percent, from 7,200 infections in 2008 to 8,800 in 2010. Young black MSM continue to bear the heaviest burden, accounting for more than half (55 percent) of new infections among young MSM (4,800). In fact, young black MSM now account for more new infections than any other subgroup by race/ethnicity, age, and sex. There was a 12 percent increase in HIV incidence among MSM overall, from 26,700 in 2008 to 29,800 in 2010.

Executive Director of the AIDS institute, Michael Ruppal, feels that more focus in the higher demographics in new cases of race and age need to be implemented:

Because gay men account for 66 percent of all new infections, we must increase the focus of our prevention programs for gay men, particularly young and black gay men,

With all that in mind, how do we help reduce these nmumbers, and more importantly help ensure that the spread of HIV is no more? The CDC suggests many of the same techniques that have been employed by activists and address the issue of homophobia being a factor in racial.ethnic communities (though not of the same magnitude this is seen in all communities). And the CDC suggests the same guidlines for prevention *contraceptives, sterile needles, momogamy, talking) but is it enough?

Of course it’s not and it won’t be until we as a society collectively end the stigma surrounding sexuality. Using old verbiage like monogamy is to me counterproductive and part of the problem. Why? Becuase it suggests that the iincreasing number of people that nave poly-amorous relationships aren’t concerned with ‘these numbers.

My point is, it’s how you relate this information to others I believe helps promote understanding and prevention. These sterile techniques need to be revamped. Elaborate on this conversation that relationships have evolved. And while we still have sigmas surrounding homosexuality in higher amounts to some ethnic/racial groups, it is paramount that we reach out and try to understand why those stigmas got there to begin with,