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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Education doesn't change behavior

How many times does the "education" model have to fail before people give it up as a bad cause? It never works.

At least 3 percent of District residents have HIV or AIDS, a total that far surpasses the 1 percent threshold that constitutes a "generalized and severe" epidemic, according to a report scheduled to be released by health officials tomorrow. That translates into 2,984 residents per every 100,000 over the age of 12 -- or 15,120 -- according to the 2008 epidemiology report by the District's HIV/AIDS office.

"Our rates are higher than West Africa," said Shannon L. Hader, director of the District's HIV/AIDS Administration, who once led the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's work in Zimbabwe. "They're on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya."

The ridiculous thing about this news is that there's almost nothing easier to avoid than HIV/AIDS. If quarantine had been put into practice 25 years ago, as was historically the case with most communicable diseases, the disease would probably be a complete non-issue by now. I really fail to see how encouraging gays to freely infect each other should be considered in any way supportive of the gay community. And given that gays only make up about two percent of the general population, it's obvious that Washington is significantly gayer than the average city.

Now, as a libertarian, I couldn't care less if they all want to party until they off themselves. That's their right. But if the taxpayers are expected to foot the bill for this, the taxpayers should also be able to decide how the problem is handled. Especially when every single adult under the age of thirty has been repeatedly informed how HIV/AIDS is transmitted throughout the course of their schooling.

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