Carl Spitzer Winblows at lavabit.com
Wed Apr 17 09:10:33 MDT 2013

Will the left grant this disease civil rights as they do Aids?



Health officials work to diffuse fears of national epidemic

author-image GARTH KANT


“Gay” sex is becoming even more dangerous.

Health officials are warning sexually active “gay” men about an outbreak
of potentially deadly bacterial meningitis in Los Angeles and New York.

The disease has infected 22 people in New York and caused seven deaths
since 2010. Health officials in Los Angeles are testing to see if the
strain infecting “gay” men there is the same one hitting New York.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation began offering free meningitis vaccines
today after a “gay” man from West Hollywood was declared brain dead on

Thirty-three-year-old lawyer Brett Shaad died within a week of feeling

Authorities suspect he was exposed to bacterial meningitis at a party in
Palm Springs the weekend of March 30 that attracts “gay” revelers from
across the country.

The New York Daily News is calling the disease an STD threat, even
though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not classify
bacterial meningitis as a sexually transmitted disease.

The CDC does say the disease can not be spread by casual contact, but,
“Some bacteria can spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat
secretions (e.g., kissing).”

KTLA reported the death of Shaad, a West Hollywood lawyer, has caused

“We’re not saying at this point that we have an outbreak in Los
Angeles,” Michael Weinstein, president of the AHF, told KTLA. “But we
know that this disease is serious, it’s deadly and that it can spread
relatively easily.”

The AP reported Shaad went to an emergency room on Wednesday and on
Thursday he was in a coma.

Symptoms of the disease often appear within three to seven days of
exposure. They include fever, stiff neck, nausea, headache, vomiting,
increased sensitivity to light and an altered mental state, often

West Hollywood Councilman John Duran said notices are being posted.

“For a lot of our younger community members, 35 and under, this is the
first time they’ve lost a friend who is young and healthy,” Duran said.
“A lot of us over 40 are having déjà vu, having lived through the AIDS

Meanwhile, health experts try to minimize alarm over a national epidemic
“among gay men.”

“This is not a disease transmittable mainly by sexual contact. It’s
spread by respiratory droplets, which means you can be sitting and
having a prolonged conversationw ith somebody and spread the disease
without having sex,” said Dr. Parveen Kaur of the AIDS Healthcare

Kaur said usually out of 100 cases, there will be 10 to 15 fatalities,
while just about that many will be left with hearing loss, diminished
mental capacity or other problems.

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