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Who is at risk for HIV? World AIDS Day 2012

In the World on 01/12/2012 at 13:29

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Anyone can be infected with HIV. However, certain groups of people are disproportionately affected by HIV. This means that these groups have more HIV infections than other groups, even though their overall group size is small. In the United States these groups are disproportionately affected by HIV: gay/bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), blacks/African Americans, and Hispanics/Latinos. Women—including those who are pregnant—also face risk. Those who abuse intravenous drugs and other substances are also at high risk.

If you think you are at high risk for exposure, or you have sex partners who may be, you should be tested for HIV at least once each year.  Everyone between ages 13 and 64 should be tested at least once as part of routine health care.

Gay, Bisexual, or Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM)

Gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men (MSM) represent approximately 2% of the U.S. population, but accounted for more than 61% of all new HIV infections in 2009.

Other relevant statistics for MSM

  • Nearly 24,000 MSM are newly infected with HIV each year (CDC estimates that approximately 50,000 total people in the United States are newly infected with HIV each year).
  • MSM is the only risk group with increasing numbers of new HIV infections.

To learn more about these statistics, visit CDC’s page on HIV among Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM).

Blacks/African Americans

Blacks/African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV. They represent approximately 13% of the U.S. population, but accounted for approximately 45% of all new HIV infections in the United States in 2006.
Other relevant statistics for blacks/African Americans

  • At some point in their lives, 1 in 16 black/African American men and 1 in 32 black/African American women will be diagnosed with HIV. Black/African American men are six times more likely to be infected with HIV infection than white men, nearly three times more likely than Hispanic/Latino men and twice as likely as black/African American women.
  • It is 15 times more likely for a black/African American woman to be infected with HIV infection than a white woman and nearly four times more likely than Hispanic/Latina woman.

To learn more about these statistics, visit CDC’s page on HIV among African Americans.

worldaidsday2012Hispanics/Latinos

Hispanics/Latinos represent approximately 15% of the U.S. population, but accounted for 17% of new HIV infections in the United States in 2006.
Other relevant statistics for Hispanics/Latinos

  • The rate of new HIV infections among Hispanic/Latino men is more than double that of white men.
  • The rate of new HIV infections among Hispanic/Latina women is nearly 4 times that of white women.

To learn more about these statistics, visit CDC’s page on HIV among Hispanics/Latinos.

Women

In 2006, women comprised 27% of all new HIV infections in the United States. Women of minority races/ethnicities are especially affected. Black/African American women are the most affected group, followed by Hispanic/Latina women. The HIV infection rate for black women was nearly 15 times as high as that of white women and nearly four times as high as that of Hispanic/Latina women.
Women who are infected with HIV typically get it by having sex with a man who is infected or by sharing needles with an infected person.

Pregnant Women

All pregnant women should know their HIV status.
Pregnant women who are HIV-positive can work with their health care providers to ensure their babies do not contract HIV during pregnancy, delivery, and/or after delivery (through breast milk). It is possible for a mother to have HIV and not spread it to her baby, especially if she knows about her HIV status early and works with her health care provider to reduce the risk.
Out of 50 pregnant women with HIV, the risk of them passing HIV to their babies is approximately:

  • 1 baby out of 50 when women begin treatment during pregnancy
  • 5 babies out of 50 when women begin treatment during labor, or their babies get treatment soon after birth, or both mother and baby receive treatment during labor or soon after birth
  • 13 babies out of 50 when women do not get treatment

Remember that HIV also can be spread through breast milk, so mothers with HIV should not breast-feed their babies.
For more information on pregnant women and HIV visit section on this topic.

Intravenous Drug Users (IDUs)

In 2006, people infected with HIV through injection drug use (IDU) accounted for 12% of all new HIV infections. People who have sex with an injection drug user are also at risk for infection through the sexual transmission of HIV.
While most people who have HIV get it by having sex with someone who is infected, sharing needles and other drug works is a well-documented way of transmitting HIV. (source CDC.gov)

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Israel Must Stop Now!!! Hamas Must Stop Now!!!

In Politics, Religion, the World, Uncategorized on 19/11/2012 at 11:55

Israeli and Palestinian Peace

CONSIDER THIS: I do not under any circumstances support what the Israeli government under the leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu has been doing in Palestine especially in the Gaza Strip.  But let me be very clear to those reading this and would translate that to mean that I’m somehow “anti-semitic” or “anti-Jewish” because I don’t support the Israeli government, shame on you for thinking so small.

There are Jews throughout the world as well as Israeli citizens who don’t support this government and what some would deem crimes against humanity.  So for me this is a human issues not an Jewish issue.  Let me further add, I do not under any circumstances support the actions of Hamas and their rhetoric of hatred and their corrupt leadership.  They are very wrong too.

You see, there’s a complex history when it comes to the formation of Israel in the 1940’s and the unwillingness of the European nations and the U.S. to force the creation of a Palestinian state at the same time.  The mistake was made then and the world is still paying for it now.  Some of you think this is about religious belief and ancient prophecy, that too is wrong thinking.  The only prophecy that’s taking place is the self fulfilling kind.  The kind that would continue to see this supposed prophecy to fruition at a cost to all humanity.

What this is, is a powder keg of human behaviour that has caused nothing but pain and suffering on all sides.  True leadership on the part of Israel and Hamas would be working towards to diplomatic solutions of compromise.  Until that happens we will continue to see what we’re seeing now. Pain, suffering, fear and needless deaths.

But when it’s all said and done, it will be the Children of Israel and the Children of Palestine who will loose everything.  And that is where the real shame and sadness resides.

An Open Letter To White Male America

In Politics, Uncategorized on 15/11/2012 at 13:32

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White men in America who lost elections on 6th November, why are you so angry?  What happened to your sense of fairness and belief in the American way?  What happened to your belief in the Constitution and the voice of the people through the ballot box?  What happened to your belief that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL or does that really mean that ALL White men are created equal and everyone else is just one step below that?

I ask these questions because you have fought hard in the sphere of public opinion and media propaganda to convince those who don’t look like you that you really love all of us and that we should continue to blindly follow your form of leadership and political representation.  I really don’t want you to be mad with us Mr. White American Male.  Do you not realise how much the people who don’t look like you LOVE and WORSHIP you everyday of their existence in this nation and arguably in this world?

Do you not understand that we have always sought to be like YOU and do everything in our power consciously and unconsciously via our sub-cultures to emulate you and assimilate to your world view?  We spend your money, support your policies even when we say we don’t, buy your products although we get paid very little for the work we do to produce them and we worship your God and gods and we defend those beliefs with our lives knowing that believing in such things have never worked to our advantage.

So, why you mad bro?  I just don’t get it.  You can’t ask for more than what you currently have.  You have a nation of citizens who still dance to your drum.  You still have power, regardless of the drop in your population.  You control education, text books, how history is taught to our youth and more than anything you control the images of those who are not White and how they are portrayed to our nation and the world.

Again, I ask, why you mad bro?  Man you need to stop trippin’.  You are in the Cat Birds Seat and have been for centuries.  Don’t fret, the people will continue to follow your lead because you will change your tactics, your message and your strategies to appease the people while still remaining in power.

That said, I bid you well because I have never believed a damned thing you’ve ever said.  But just because you don’t have me under your mind control doesn’t mean that countless others won’t continue to believe in your perspective and what you represent.  Keep on keeping on and do you bro.  Those of us who know better will also do what we must to insure a future that’s in our best interest.  It’s what you’d do, right?

Much Love, Peace and Light,
A Free Thinking Human Being

In Uncategorized on 16/08/2012 at 10:56

I am always fascinated by history, especially by history as it relates to the Trans-African Slave Trade. Check out this blog and share your thoughts.

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Happy 88th Birthday to James Baldwin. You continue to inspire

In Authors, Culture, Philosophies and Opinions, Politics, the World on 02/08/2012 at 11:58

James Baldwin was born on this day in 1924. He was a public intellectual, a civil and human rights freedom fighter and a literary giant.  In his honour here are a few of his quotes:

  • “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.”
  • “Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent.”
  • “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
  • “Everybody’s journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality.”

R.I.P. good brother. You spirit, wisdom and intellect is sorely missed.

Remembering Fela Anikulapo Ransome-Kuti. R.I.P. Son of Africa

In Music, the World, Thinking Africa on 02/08/2012 at 11:38

Its been been 15 years since you started your peaceful journey Black President, Omo Iya Aje, Stubborn boy, Oko gbogbo Omoge, Roforofo fight – Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Anikulapo-Kuti 15 October 1938 — 2 August 1997 son of the soil gone but never ever forgotten…..E’erbody say yeah yeaahhh! RIP.” – Tunde Jinadu

This man of men must continue to be remembered for all that he offered both the world and African people.  Fela’s music lives on in multiple genres of today’s music, on Broadway and in our hearts.  Many Americans called him the James Brown of Africa.  I call him a kindred spirit to the Godfather of Soul.  Because he too was an African man and it showed whenever James Brown sang and was on stage.  Kindred spirits is what they were and they are both no longer with us.

Music brings the world together. It tells the stories of a people and Fela knew how to tell a story that would sting the faint of heart.  Because he called out the injustices of his home country of Nigeria. he spoke of the corruption, lack of leadership and the negative influences of foreign religious, i.e., Western Christianity and Eastern Islam.

Until this day many sing his songs, dance to them but seemingly still don’t understand what he was really talking about.  15 years ago the ravages of AIDS took him from us.  AIDS a disease that kills millions throughout Africa and certainly if he were alive today he would be speaking out about AIDS as well.  Remembering Fela is bittersweet but also it’s wonderful because his music means so much to so many.

As is said in Yoruba, “E mi omo n’ile” and he was truly a son of his father’s land.  We miss you Fela but know you are with the ancestors and therefore continues to be with us.

In Honour of Babatunde Olatunji, Morehouse Man, Citizen of the World

In Culture, History, Music, the World, Thinking Africa on 23/07/2012 at 09:36

Morehouse college alumnus Babatunde Olatunji (April 7, 1927–April 6, 2003) was a Nigerian drummer, educator, social activist and recording artist.

Olatunji was born in the village of Ajido, a small town near Badagry, Lagos State, in southwestern Nigeria. A member of the Yoruba people, Olatunji was introduced to traditional African music at an early age.
In 1950, after reading about the Rotary International Foundation’s scholarship program in the Reader’s Digest magazine he applied for it, recived the scholorship and got a place at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia,

Olatunji won a following among jazz musicians, notably creating a strong relationship with John Coltrane and Columbia Records A&R man John Hammond who signed him to the Columbia label in 1957. With Coltrane’s help, he founded the Olatunji Center for African Culture in Harlem. This was the site of Coltrane’s final performance. In 1959 Olatunji released his first of six records on the Columbia label, called Drums of Passion.

In 1969, Carlos Santana had a major hit with his cover version of this first album’s “Jin-go-lo-ba”, which Santana recorded on his debut album, Santana, as “Jingo.” Olatunji favoured a big percussion sound, and his records typically featured more than 20 players, unusual for a percussion based ensemble. Drums of Passion became a major hit and remains in print; it introduced many Americans to world music. Drums of Passion also served as the band’s name. Notable band members included; Clark Terry, Bill Lee, Horace Silver, Yusef Lateef, Sikiru Adepoju and Charles Lloyd, among others.

 

Olatunji’s subsequent recordings include Drums of Passion: The Invocation (1988), Drums of Passion: The Beat (1989) (which included Airto Moreira and Carlos Santana), Love Drum Talk (1997), Circle of Drums (2005) (originally titled Cosmic Rhythm Vibrations, with Muruga Booker and Sikiru Adepoju), and Olatunji Live at Starwood (2003 – recorded at the 1997 Starwood Festival [1]) with guest Halim El-Dabh. He also contributed to Peace Is The World Smiling: A Peace Anthology For Families on the Music For Little People label (1993).

Olatunji recorded with many other prominent musicians (often credited as “Michael Olatunji”), including Cannonball Adderley (on his African Waltz (1961) album), Horace Silver, Quincy Jones, Pee Wee Ellis, Stevie Wonder, Randy Weston, and with Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln on the pivotal Freedom Now Suite aka We Insist, and with Grateful Dead member Mickey Hart on his Grammy winning Planet Drum projects. He is also mentioned in the lyrics of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Free” as recorded on the album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. Olatunji composed music for the Broadway theatrical and Hollywood film productions of Raisin in the Sun. He assisted Bill Lee with the music for his son Spike Lee’s hit film She’s Gotta Have It.-  (Source: Wikipedia)

Gun laws need to be reconsidered and the NRA has too much influence

In Consider This, Culture, Politics on 22/07/2012 at 22:42

CONSIDER THIS: Our media more often than not spins and softens information before broadcasting it to the masses. Especially when it doesn’t fall in line with atypical ways of defining and describing individuals or events. I think this poster about sums this one up. What say YE?!!! #RIPColoradoShootingVictims

 

 

South African woman to lead African Union, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

In Politics, the World, Thinking Africa on 19/07/2012 at 11:25

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, incoming President of the African Union

AFRICAN COMMUNITY PSA: Women are doing BIG things on the continent. CONGRATULATIONS to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to new President of the African Union. Continue to make us proud.

 

Excellence Awaits You!!!

In Consider This on 18/07/2012 at 17:08

I think Aristotle had it right. I approve this message.