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(IOL)   AIDS set to surpass Black Death as top killer disease of all time   ( divider line
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2835 clicks; posted to Main » on 25 Jan 2002 at 11:15 AM (16 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-01-25 11:18:33 AM  
um sure, that is a great and valid comparison
2002-01-25 11:20:43 AM  
Uh-oh: infected southern africans better find more babies to have sex with before it's too late.
2002-01-25 11:22:11 AM  
There's still time for the Black Death to make a comeback.
2002-01-25 11:27:37 AM  
if we cant control ourselves, mother nature will. the black death caused improved hygene, aids causes improved sexual responsibility
2002-01-25 11:29:04 AM  
Good job AIDS!
I always believed in you. I always told you if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.
2002-01-25 11:30:50 AM  
Researchers would make more progress on AIDS if they could the lab rats to engage in anal intercourse.
2002-01-25 11:31:06 AM  

Soon all the faggotS and herion addicts will be gone. Clean out all the garbage. Just as a vagina flushes and cleans itself every month so does our population.
2002-01-25 11:31:16 AM  
Recently saw a t-shirt "AIDS Cures Homosexuality" Making no comment on this, just saying I saw a shirt
2002-01-25 11:31:17 AM  
"Bring out your dead. Bring out your dead."

"Here's one."

"I'm not dead yet."

"Oh, shut up. You'll be stone dead in a moment."
2002-01-25 11:31:32 AM  
AIDS, just the latest weapon is the Darwinistic force striving to deprive stupid f^cks of their ability to pass on their idiot genes.
2002-01-25 11:31:40 AM  
*bong* Bring out yer dead! *bong* Bring out yer dead!
2002-01-25 11:32:06 AM  
it was neck and neck there for a while but it looks like AIDS pulls a head by a nose....

(since when it it FUN to poke FUN at diseases...)

bad choice Drew to post this....
2002-01-25 11:33:24 AM

Influenza is, and will remain, the biggest killer disease around. It's killed way more people than the Black Death (a paltry 40 million ... the flu killed more than that btw 1901 and 1950). The flu kills millions of people every year.

It's just not as sexy as AIDS.

And don't get me started on TB or Hepatitis, two very nasty viruses that are *already* more out-of-control than AIDS ever will be, on account of their infection vectors.

2002-01-25 11:34:06 AM  
I though Stalin still held the record for most kills
2002-01-25 11:34:43 AM  
Natural selection? We should plan population control
2002-01-25 11:36:43 AM  
2002-01-25 11:37:59 AM  
AIDS is sexy? Jesus that's sick!
2002-01-25 11:39:42 AM  
Yeah, but what about AIDS vs. Black Death as a proportion of the population?
2002-01-25 11:42:29 AM  
Archibald Cucumber Skinner, about ten years ago the lead singer for Skid Row was seen wearing a T-shirt that said, "AIDS - kills fags dead." I saw it on MTV. Someone must have gotten to him, because he never wore it again.

Malegapuru William Makgoba, president of the Medical Research Council of South Africa, said he was convinced the only real hope of combating the pandemic was an effective vaccine, which he believed would be available in seven to 10 years.

Yeah, riiiiiiiiiight. They've been saying that for only, let's see . . . TWENTY YEARS! It ain't gonna happen, folks. That bug keeps mutating to stay ahead of the drugs. The only solution is to change people's behavior. Don't engage in behavior that gives you a chance of getting AIDS. It's as simple as that. (And I don't want to hear about people getting it from blood transfusions, either. That's a whole different subject.)
2002-01-25 11:45:49 AM  
9/10: Hmmm. The faggot from Skidd Row didn't see any irony in that?
2002-01-25 11:47:44 AM  
I have theory that if you take as few meds as possible, your body is stronger from having to fight off diseases depending on your own immune system. I haven't taken an anitbiotic in 7 years. AIDS honestly scares the shiat out of me tho. A disease that farks up your immune system so that your body can't fight off diseases is truly horrific.
Practice safe sex and if you need a transfusion god help you.
2002-01-25 11:48:48 AM  
St.Alfonzo, dunno about that.
2002-01-25 11:50:24 AM  
Archibald Cucumber Skinner: Just a helpful piece of advice -simply whether or not you're gay doesn't have an effect on getting AIDs. Or did you sleep through 7th grade sex ed.?
2002-01-25 11:51:22 AM  
"Soon all the faggotS and herion addicts will be gone. Clean out all the garbage."

Oh please, you first.
2002-01-25 11:52:40 AM  
OK, this article is full of it. Here's the quote:

"HIV and Aids is likely to surpass the Black Death as the worst pandemic ever. If we don't improve access to treatment in the next 10-15 years we could have as many as 65 million deaths from this disease."

OK, there's a few problems with this statement. First of all, buy this man a dictionary. I feel like Inigo Montoya when he says pandemic. You keep on saying that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Here's is Merriam Webster's definition of Pandemic:

Occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population

AIDS is horrible but I'm pretty sure it's not affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population, especially compared to other diseases. Take cardiovascular disease, for example. It is responsible for 1/3 of the deaths worldwide. AIDS is responsible for something closer to 5%. If you want to talk pandemic, let's talk about cardiovascular diesase. Don't forget about AIDS but focus on priorities here.
2002-01-25 11:53:36 AM  
Not a good comaprison because aids is over 20+ years. The Black Death killed 40 million in only 4 years and flu pandemic of 1918-1919 killed 20 million in less than 2 years.
2002-01-25 11:55:45 AM  
the biggest contributer to AIDS in sub saharan africa (where the majority of new aids cases are coming from) is the trans-african highway system. truckers and prostitutes help distribute the virus across the continent, then truckers give it to their wives (having sex) and to local children(thinking that is the cure).

i'm surprised all the anti-WTO people haven't used this as another argument against trade.
2002-01-25 11:56:22 AM  
Way to go AIDS!!! Death to the faggots!!
2002-01-25 12:00:41 PM  
woo hoo!! less fags!
2002-01-25 12:00:56 PM  
Seems odd that AIDS is also the most easily preventable disease for potential victims.
2002-01-25 12:03:33 PM  
"oh yeah, conservatives are compassionate....yes they are..."
2002-01-25 12:05:31 PM  
After reading most of these posts, I think a more urgent need is to find a cure for stupidity.

If you think AIDS affects only the "immoral" you're a prime candidate to get it. Good luck to you...
2002-01-25 12:05:37 PM  
AIDS: The Disease of Choice ... and "politically protected" at that!
2002-01-25 12:06:42 PM  
Boy, I sure am glad I saw this thread after writing to Bess about how healthy and hate free Fark is.
2002-01-25 12:07:30 PM  

If you think AIDS affects only the "immoral" you're a prime candidate to get it. Good luck to you...

Uhhh...What other type of people are affected?
2002-01-25 12:15:42 PM  

Uhhh...What other type of people are affected?

I hate to answer such a dumb question, but babies born to infected mothers are a large percentage of victims. Do you think these babies are immoral? I think many people do get AIDs because they are uneducated about what causes it. That makes you a prime candidate, dumbass.
2002-01-25 12:26:13 PM  
babies deserve no special protection....
2002-01-25 12:30:32 PM  
Most other diseases are worse because there's no way to prevent them. Aids is one that is 100% preventable with education. I sympathize with un/undereducated people in other lands but there's absolutely no excuse in the western world for it to exist and those inflicted with aids in the western world can't claim ignorance but only stupidity.
2002-01-25 12:37:29 PM  
AIDS IS a pandemic. It affects somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 of the population of any area larger than a hut you choose to poll in Africa south of the Sahara.
My problem is that AIDS is the only disease I'm aware of that gets "credit" for killing people merely because they were infected at the time of their natural death. AIDS kills in the same way sloth does - it makes you more likely to die of something else in any particular period of time than you would be otherwise.
The Black Death killed people. Influenza kills people. AIDS makes it much easier for something like influenza to kill you.
Not that that really matters, of course, but if we're going to make a comparison it should be between AIDS and perhaps poor waste disposal or some other once-removed major cause of deaths.
Personally, I'm much more worried about virulent airborn viruses, such as ebola. That has some serious "wipe out a civilization" potential, and all you need to do to catch it is breath.
AIDS, on the other hand, could be completely wiped off the planet in a few dozen years if we could just find a way to get people to stop taking a few specific actions that account to the vast majority of its spread.
2002-01-25 12:38:17 PM  
Aid's doesn't kill people, it just leaves the door open for other diseases.
2002-01-25 12:38:43 PM  
Hmmm, since AIDS originated in Africa, and the Black population there, would this really be:

2002-01-25 12:39:04 PM  
TheDevilMan: "Uhhh...What other type of people are affected?"

There are a lot of "innocent" people who are affected, although I hate to use that terminology because it might be misconstrued as lending credibility to your position. There are medical personnel who are trying to save peoples lives who accidentally get a needle stick.

There are people who have been in monogamous relationships for years with someone who slept with someone years ago, who slept with someone years ago, who slept with someone years ago, who was infected. In case you didn't know the incubation period can be 5-10 years.

There are policemen, fire/rescue personnel, prison guards, average Joe on the street who get attacked by people who are infected and contract the disease.

The list goes on and on, but I won't bother to continue, as I doubt I'll ever change your attitude about this horrible disease. I just hope it never affect someone you love, because trust me, it's a horrible way to die. Even without small-minded people pointing at you and passing moral judgment on you when they don't even know what the fark they are talking about.
2002-01-25 12:43:19 PM  
who cares, i will never get it.....i'm heterosexual.
2002-01-25 12:52:11 PM  
THE HIV is always funny.
2002-01-25 12:58:41 PM  
Pah-lease....99.9% of AIDS infections is by immoral people, mostly homos. I do feel sorry for the occasional innocent getting it. However, that innocent got it because of someone else's immoral behavior.
2002-01-25 12:59:55 PM  
yeah, you can't get it from farm animals, MilkIt, you're
2002-01-25 01:03:25 PM  
MIlkeIt: who cares, i will never get it.....i'm heterosexual.

MilkIt will never get it because he never has sex. At least never with adult human females.
2002-01-25 01:06:07 PM  
And the DevilMan is safe because his granddaughter is HIV-
2002-01-25 01:09:42 PM  
BruiserX - What stage of AIDS are you currently in?
2002-01-25 01:09:43 PM  
TheDevilMan: miraculously pulls false stats out of his ass. Hope he washed his hands, he might get HIV....
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