Alarmed by San Diego County's more than 1,100 percent rise in syphilis cases between 2000 and last year, state health officials are using five investigators to help the region stem the spread.
“San Diego's increase is a cause for concern because we're just not understanding why it's being transmitted in the frequency that we're seeing,” said Dr. Douglas Hatch, chief of California's division of communicable disease control.
Well Dougie...you're a complete idiot if you don't understand why. But more on that later in this post...
And now...the scary graph!:
AAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHH! Run for the hills!
(But then look at the actual numbers)
Yup. A whopping 340 people out of over 3 million have contracted syphilis in the past year. Let's see thats...uh....00001% of our population. (And it's not even the worst kind of syphilis).
Now everyone knows California has a budget crisis. Considering what we spend our money on here, is there any wonder?
The county has allocated more than $1.5 million in state funds for this fiscal year to five nonprofit groups that work on STD prevention. They are the Family Health Centers of San Diego; San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Community Center; San Diego Youth and Community Center; San Ysidro Health Center; and Vista Community Clinic.
The Vista clinic does outreach in neighborhoods where people who engage in high-risk sexual activities congregate, said director Barbara Mannino. The four other groups declined to discuss how they're using their grants.
Because 348 people contracted syphilis last year, we are going to spend 1 1/2 MILLION dollars on "education"? Huh? And note who we're giving the money to. AND note that these groups refuse to discuss how they will be
If you think I got a problem with this, you're darn tootin'. Especially when these funds are going to "educate" a group of idiots who should know better:
Nationwide, an increasingly large portion of people infected with syphilis are HIV-positive men who have unprotected sex with other HIV-positive men.
The trend is reflected in San Diego County. Last year, 84 percent of the people diagnosed with syphilis in San Diego County were men who had sex with men, and a big segment of them were HIV-positive, state health officials said.
You know, I am sure that nobody in the homosexual community has heard that having unprotected sex might lead to a disease that might rot your penis off. Yeah...let's spend millions more in taxpayer money to educate these dipwads...especially since most of them have HIV and continue in high risk sex anyway. A little syphilis on top of HIV...well, that could be deadly you know.
Actually I have a better idea...and I can save the county and state some money. Give me 1/5th of that money and I will spend the next year on progam that will completely eliminate this problem. Just give me a bullhorn and (after a fact-finding junket to New York City) I'll actually go to Hillcrest each evening and hang out in each gay hotspot with the educational message: