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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Prevention is Better than Treatment

A recent University of Pittsburgh study shows that the number of new HIV cases has been rising 1.9 percent a year since 2001 in spite of public education on the subject. In 2001, 1 in 12 gay men aged 20 was HIV positive on the continent of North America and in Europe. It is predicted in this study that by the year 2010, the rate in these same men could rise to 1 in 4. It is further predicted that by the time these men are 60 years old, as high as 58 percent of them could be infected.

An excerpt from the article at

“The report's findings only underscore the need for better ways of preventing HIV infection, instead of just treating its effects.
"HIV is still an incurable disease," Ronald Valdiserri, deputy director of the National Center for HIV at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told AFP. "In the United States, 5 percent (of the budget for HIV) is spent on prevention."
He added: "America is more interested on treating this disease than preventing it. We can't treat our way out of this epidemic, even as a rich country." (The Advocate) “

I couldn’t agree more. We can’t treat this disease away. Prevention is the key. Problem is, the best prevention is a new lifestyle – one that God ordained as the proper and holy union between one man and one woman in marriage. But when someone is in a sin that they are slave to, whether it be alcoholism, drug addiction, or homosexuality, they don’t want to hear what’s best for them. They just want to be able to continue in their sin and have someone “fix” the consequences for them.

I Corinthians 10:13: "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."


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