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01/16/2008

Audio: Antibiotic-resistant gay hate

by Jeremy Hooper

Yesterday afternoon we showed you how militant 'mo foes Matt Barber & Peter LaBarbera were rushing to condemn gays for the news that MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is hitting the gay community particularly hard. Now, since hearing is disbelieving, we bring you this audio that the two recorded for the Concerned Women For America:


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Now, as we pointed out yesterday, it seems like sort of a no-brainer that anything passed via casual contact is going to explode within any microcosm in which close physical contact is more likely. Schools. Hospitals. Gyms. And yes, the gay community, which, while far from a monolith, does have a collective culture that reaches far beyond the bedroom. So to us, while it's eye-opening and certainly a reason for folks to raise caution regarding their sex practices (gay or straight), it really didn't strike us as unusual WHY something like this would thrive within a somewhat insular community like the Castro.

But of course Matt & Pete, both seemingly too young to have sufficiently thrown stones back in 1981, are literally chomping at the bit to make this into some new form of "God's judgment." It's not only offensive. It's not only unreasoned. It's not only a widely improper way to look at a potential health crisis. It is an example of humanity at its absolute worst! An irresponsible rush to judgment that deserves nothing less than outright condemnation from not only the LGBT community, but anyone who realizes that we are all vulnerable to Pandora's Box.

"Gay" Men 13 Times More Likely to Contract Deadly MRSA [CWA]

**Oh, and Matt: We will not join with you on ANYTHING. Ever. You blew that possibility long ago, tough guy.

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Your thoughts

You know what I love? Early on in the broadcast Martha Kleder says "This was a shocking article out of the San Francisco Chronicle. This was not something that was made up through Christian circles". As if she was saying, "Look guys, this is legit. We didn't even have to make this sh*t up this time. The EFFEN SAN FRAN Chronicle wrote about it"

Now of course if the article highlighted the high obesity and divorce rate among evangelicals you can bet Kleder's lead in would be "The liberal San Francisco Chronicle just published an article demonstrating their bias agianst the evangelical community"

But, alas, it was an article about the gays and Martha was giddy -- giddy I tell 'ya-- that they did not have to make it up in their circles they call Christian.

Posted by: Jon-Marc | Jan 16, 2008 6:29:52 PM

Lol -- I didn't even pick up on that, Jon-Marc. I did, however, think that even she sounded a little shocked by the boys in the room.

On a related note -- you'd think the Concerned Women For America would see to it that the lone female in the room was given more airtime than just the intro and outro! Such a bizarre group.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 16, 2008 6:42:16 PM

The host says "this is right from the San Fran Chronicle, not made up in some Christian Circle" Is she acknowledging that Christians do make shit up about gays?

Posted by: Joe Brummer | Jan 16, 2008 7:50:17 PM

This is Sicko redux. These infections are the price we pay for a system that puts ‘cost/benefit analysis’ ahead of patient survival. They’re not gay infections; they’re nosocomial infections; infections acquired in a healthcare setting. MRSA (Invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), VRE (Vancomycin-resistant enterococcus) and VRSA and all examples of bacterial infections spreading out of control because of nonexistent or inadequate bacteriological control measures in hospitals, urgent care centers and nursing homes. They show up in surgical wound, respiratory, genitourinary, and GI tract infections.

The bacteria that cause these infections are everywhere and they're readily spread in conditions or crowding, intimacy and especially in heath care facilities. Most of the nosocomial infections occur in hospitals etc. and are directly caused by bad planning which results in medical staffs using sloppy or nonexistent adherence to basic hygiene practices like hand-washing, cleaning of facilities and devices, and training in the best way to insert invasive devices like IVs and catheters.

Two new drugs may prove effective when vancomycin, methicillin and cloxycillin resistant forms spread. They are Linezolid, part of a new class of synthetic antibiotics with the trade name Zyvox and a class of broad range antibiotics called carbapenems. The danger is that these hospital administrator caused infections will spiral deeper into the general population. In congested areas that could lead to the death of many children, the elderly and people with immune suppression questions.

We need socialized medicine and stringent hygiene regimens to get a handle on this and the Democrats (sic) and Republicans are bought and paid for by HMO's, the AHA and insurance companies.

Stay well and out of hospitals; your life depends on it.

Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jan 16, 2008 11:16:29 PM

Hmmm my friend pointed this out to me the other day and I have been hearing bits and pieces about it here and there.

I just have 2 questions not being in the middle of all this (or anywhere near it for that matter, from Ireland here)

1: Why is it prominently in gay men?

2: Why San Fransisco? Is there other areas with this strain?

Posted by: Bearfamily | Jan 17, 2008 2:58:28 PM

Bearfamily: It's being found in high rates within certain urban gay communities because of the nature of its transmission. It thrives in microcosms where physical contact is involved (hospitals, schools, gyms, etc). The somewhat insular nature of certain gay communities makes it an easy breeding ground.

And no, it's not just San Francisco. It just so happens that one of the most widely disseminated of the mainstream media reports on this matter came out of San Francisco. That, along with its thriving gay community, put the focus on that particular city.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 17, 2008 3:29:58 PM

G-A-Y: Thanks :) as I said i have only been seeing bits and pieces of news.

Seems a bit worrying that gay people are being kinda made out to be the cause of it and people are buying into that.

Guess its a case of: "Anything will do", for some people :(

Posted by: Bearfamily | Jan 18, 2008 6:34:22 PM

I'm sure it could be shown that the cold or flu is transmitted between married people at a higher rate than between single celibate people. Therefore married people are spreading these viruses that kill people every year which is so infuriating!

Posted by: Jason | Mar 16, 2008 11:45:31 AM

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