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Swine Flu vs AIDS
May 5, 2009, 9:55 am
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I’ve been seeing this message floating around Twitter and Facebook a lot within the past week: “90 people get the Swine Flu and everybody wants to wear a mask. A million people have AIDS and no one wants to wear a condom.”

My thought was this: If contracting Swine Flu felt as good as having sex, we probably wouldn’t be having this issue.

The fact is you don’t know when/how you’ve contracted Swine Flu. When you contract AIDS (in this case through sex via the condom mention) I’m pretty sure you know you’re putting yourself at risk by NOT wearing a condom (rape victims are a different story all together). Granted the parties may or may not know if they’re infected, but you’d be a fool not to use a condom regardless. This is especially true if you’re going to be dumb enough to have sex outside of marriage anyway.

It feels great to have sex, however, AIDS would be a possible side effect of doing so. Swine Flu can be contracted from anywhere at anytime (essentially). I would seem to me, to compare something I can protect myself from by just NOT having sex, vs not going in public places, seems a little convoluted.

I will say I think “they’re” trying to make a valid point. You should do whatever to protect yourself from whatever diseases you put yourself in the way of, whether it be Swine Flu or AIDS. Be smart and act responsibly.


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I think the point they’re trying to make confirms that our health priorities are out of order. Americans will run out and buy masks for an ailment that has only touched a few hundred people worldwide but won’t protect themselves from a disease that kills millions annually, even though they are fully aware of the risk.

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