Unbelievable! Even Iran is somewhat more enlightened than the U.S.

Found this when I signed into my Yahoo buzz account, Iran is vending condoms and syringes in Tehran.

This utterly shocks me. Here in the U.S. condoms are fairly easy to come by, they’ll be giving out a ton of them during Pride season for we gay people. But the thing that stunned me is the syringe vending.

You’ll never see that here in the United States. We are a country run by those in a small minority who wish us to suffer the consequences of our actions. We need to rise up and speak with one voice against such foolishness that the religious push forward.

You cannot for a moment tell me that we couldn’t put a serious dent in HIV infections in the U.S. if we openly offered syringes and condoms. But in the U.S. that phrase “The wages of sin are death.” rings forth from every Christian whack-job out there.

The costs would be minimal. It’s interesting that prophylactic measures are always less expensive than allowing disease to spread unchecked and then having to foot the bill to treat chronic diseases.

And we really don’t do the chronic so well in this country either. The pharmaceutical companies see to it that life saving drugs don’t come cheap.

It’s like something else I learned about. Did you know that if you suspect you might have been recently (Within a day or so) infected with HIV you could do a treatment called PEP. In essence it’s a high dosage anti-viral cocktail that if taken within 72 hours of exposure will pretty much stop HIV from taking hold in the human body. But not many people are made aware of this. Plus you know we now have HIV tests that take only 20 minutes, so there’s absolutely no reason why this epidemic should still be with us. I recall a comic who was HIV positive and one of his skits had something like “Oh AIDS, glad I got rid of that.” We’re on the doorstep here.

The side effects of PEP are nothing to take lightly, but if it means not being infected most people would probably opt to do it. It’s been used in the medical community for many years to treat accidental needle sticks etc. where the HIV status is either known or unknown.

But the pharmaceutical giants and the HMO’s would never really want this information to slip out.

Again, a prophylactic treatment would be less expensive than treating a chronic disease. Can’t argue the logic in that.

But in the end, Iran leads the way yet you’ve got George W. Bush rattling sabers against Iran. For all the bluster of their Imams and Ayatolahs, I have to give them credit for realizing the cost effectiveness of making condoms and syringes widely available.

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