If you had to pick one virus....

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  1. Kickback

    Kickback Proud father Administrator Super Mod News Staff

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    Would you rather have HIV (AIDS)?

    Or would you rather have HPV (STD that causes cervical cancer)?

    For guys, the answer is obvious - we'd choose HPV because it's not fatal to us, though they are still in the process of seeing if it's one of those types of cancers that can bring about other types of cancers.

    So there's your dilemma.

    Would you rather have a disease that destroys your immune system so that the common cold will kill you? Or would you rather have a disease that you will give to your loved one (presuming male/female) that will render her unable to have children and eventually cause her to die from it?

    Why do I ask this?

    Because 50% of all women between the ages of 20 and 24 in the United States of America have HPV and don't even realize it. That means if you have had multiple sexual partners, without protection and you're a guy (that includes me), then you've probably got HPV and have given it out in return.

    Now, HPV is not a definite sure-fire bet everytime. Some people do have a natural immunity to it. And sometimes the virus just never manifests itself until late, late in life. But it's there. SO there, in fact, that it'll probably end up being the leading cause of death in women within 30 years.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17364887/
     
  2. onesock

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    Well there's an HPV vaccine, but stupid people don't want it brought out because their daughters may become, "Sexually active". Big deal. They'll do it anyways.

    Just my 2 cents.
     
  3. Fairy Princess

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    Neither, just douche her with Chlorine Bleach before stickin' it in.
     
  4. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    One is terminal and one isn't.

    Smart choices prevent either.
     
  5. honestgabe

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    isn't it like 80% of women carry HPV by the time they're 40 anyway? Its not that bad of a virus
     
  6. butz

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    Well, if for some reason I absolutely had to have one or the other, I'm pretty sure I'd rather take my chances with the HPV.
     
  7. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    Bonus points for the subtle multiple sexual partner reference on Kick's part, btw.
     
  8. Scantron

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    I think it's worth emphasizing this point, though, also from the article cited...

    It's not like everyone who gets this virus gets a strain that will kill them. And, borrowing from wikipedia (so take with a grain of salt)...

     
  9. Kickback

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    My ex's mother has it. So hearing the report tonight made it hit home.
     
  10. Ktulu

    Ktulu Whoosh TFW2005 Supporter

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    Sometimes being a virgin isn't so bad after all

    STDs :( 
     
  11. honestgabe

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    the ex and I had a scare once where we thought she might have HPV due to her cell count being weird. But it turned out the pap smear came out flawed because we did it the night before her test.
     
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    The threat of stds wouldn't make being a virgin more comfortable for me. You just have to use some common sense. When out boozing, don't go home with the skanky looking broad with the whiskey and cigarette scarred voice, thats just bad news...and wear a rubber for one night stands
     
  13. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    Yeah, as long as you're smart about what you do and you're comfortable with the choices you make, you're set.
     
  14. Omnibus Prime

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    Actually, the vaccination has been FDA approved and is available. The controversies springing up have to do with state governments attempting to make the vaccine mandatory. While this has brought out the "ZOMG this encourgages kids to have teh sex" types, those people are completely missing the much larger political and medical ramifications, but it's best not to go into all that.

    As far as the question at hand, HPV. AIDS/HIV is much more likely to manifest itself and cause complications. There are literally tens of millions of people walking around with HPV. Not all of its forms are harmful, fewer still lead to the development of cervical cancer, and still fewer of those will die as a result of cervical cancer. 3,700 deaths per year is..not much. While that is likely to increase, it has a loooong way to go before it surpasses other forms of cancer, as evidenced here (note in particular the chart downpage).
     
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    I hate the way reports want to state that 90% of the population has this or that STD /virus but doesn't know about it. If it was sooooo damn common then why don't they test people for it starting when they are born? Hopefully HIV will have a vaccine/cure within 20 years.
     
  16. Dark_Convoy

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    I used protection before I met my wife, as did my wife, she also only had one other sexual parter besides myself, so hopefully we are ok.
     
  17. honestgabe

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    Because women aquire the virus through sex...so testing for it when they're born will do nothing. And it would be insanely wrong to do a pap smear on a new born I think
     
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    For a second I thought this was about computer viruses...
     
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    You could be born with it if your parents had it. It carries in the blood.
     
  20. Phy

    Phy I want... ROOM SERVICE!!

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    Frodo. For the retro factor.
     

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