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Ten Percent of Adult Homosexuals in Brazil Have HIV: Study. EM INGLÊS. Versão para impressão Enviar por E-mail
Quarta, 02 Junho 2010 01:03

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent


BRASILIA, June 24, 2010 ( - A new study by Brazil's Ministry of Health has revealed that in the 10 most populous cities of Brazil, the rate of HIV infection among homosexuals is over 10%.

According to the same agency, the overall rate of HIV infection among males between the ages of 15 and 49 years is only 0.8%, making the rate of HIV infection among adult homosexuals more than 13 times higher.

The study also found that homosexuals in large Brazilian cities are highly likely to be victims of rape. At least 14% have been forced to have sexual relations against their will.

Brazil has one of the most gay friendly governments in the world.  Every year, Sao Paulo hosts the largest gay pride march on earth, which has in the past been financed by the government itself.  The federal government, under President Luiz Lula da Silva, also runs a massive nationwide propaganda campaign called "Brazil Without Homophobia" and censors television to prohibit ministers from preaching against sodomy before 11 pm.

The statistics from Brazil are reflected by another recent study in Spain, which also found that one in 10 homosexuals are infected with HIV.  In the United States, the relative HIV rate among active homosexuals is even higher.  According to the most recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, for Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), "for HIV and syphilis respectively, the rate was 60 and 61 times the rate for other men."

According to numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies, homosexual behavior is also statistically associated with high rates of a variety of other communicable diseases and medical problems, as well as high rates of promiscuity, violence, depression, pathological behaviors, and suicide.

The Spanish government is using the one in 10 statistic to promote its ongoing campaign to convince homosexuals to use condoms, despite the fact that such campaigns have generally succeeded in increasing the rate of sexually transmitted diseases in countries afflicted with HIV.

The campaign is called "give yourself a medal," and shows a man's naked chest with a condom suspended from a ribbon of the style used for hanging medals around athletes' necks.



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