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CNSNews reports that, in 2006, the U.S. spend more than twice the amount of money funding HIV/AIDS research than on influenza despite the fact that influenza caused almost five times the deaths that HIV/AIDS caused.

66% of HIV cases are from homosexual activity or IV drug use; the 2003 report sated that 65% of all new HIV cases are from homosexual behavior.  Part of the homosexual agenda, with your tax dollars, at work.

U.S. Spent More Than Twice as Much on HIV/AIDS as on Flu in ‘06, Despite Almost Five Times More Flu Deaths

Wednesday, May 06, 2009
By Matt Cover

(CNSNews.com) – The federal government spent $6.1 billion on influenza-related programs in 2006, less than half as much as the $13.7 billion dollars it spent on HIV/AIDS programs that year, according to figures provided to CNSNews.com by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

During the same time, seasonal flu claimed 56,326 lives in the U.S., while AIDS-related deaths stood at 12,113.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only $2.6 million was spent on influenza under the organization’s infectious disease division, which works to minimize illness, suffering, and death caused by the flu.

2006, which is the latest year for which statistics are available, was an anomalous year for HHS flu spending, because most of the federal allotment for influenza – $5.6 billion – came as a result of a one-time budget request, as part of then-President George W. Bush’s initiative to prepare for a national flu pandemic. According to HHS, influenza spending declined to $166 million in 2007.

Flu-related spending was focused primarily on research and purchasing vaccines, according to the HHS. The federal government buys flu vaccines and anti-viral medications as part of the CDC’s national medical stockpile.

CDC spent $60 million buying pediatric vaccines, $30 million to pay manufacturers to ramp up vaccine production and $104 million to buy vaccines for adults.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) spent $119 million researching vaccines to combat possible new strains of flu.

HHS spent another $120 million to develop a year-round surge production capacity in case of a pandemic.

More than half of government spending on HIV/AIDS – over $3 billion – was dedicated to discovering an AIDS vaccine, while another $2 billion was dedicated to providing drugs to those afflicted with HIV.

HHS spent over $10 billion providing drugs and other types of medical care to people infected with HIV.

Cases of the flu, meanwhile, are so numerous that CDC doesn’t track individual cases; it only tracks deaths caused by the flu. Officially, the CDC estimates that flu kills more than 36,000 people each year; with hundreds of thousands more requiring hospitalization. Most – 43,285 – of the flu deaths in 2006 were people over the age of 75.

Of the 12,000 people killed by HIV, more than 8,700 (8,756) were men. Most of the HIV deaths in 2006 – 8,387 – were between the ages of 35 and 54, the age when most – 52 percent – also contracted the disease in that year.

According to CDC, 66 percent of those infected with HIV contracted the disease through homosexual conduct or intravenous drug use.

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Ray Comfort has posted on his blog in response to the following question:

“Sorry to hear that you’re unwell. I just wonder, why are you sick? I mean, really. Your irreducibly complex immune system obviously isn’t complex enough to handle the flu, and we all know there’s no evolution to make the virus evolve. Did God create the flu? Is it then part of His “mysterious ways”? I’m actually interested in your answer here (for once, I might add), because you often talk about the big things but rarely about the everyday things. What glorious explanation do you have for the flu?” Nathaniel

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A question about the flu

“Sorry to hear that you’re unwell. I just wonder, why are you sick? I mean, really. Your irreducibly complex immune system obviously isn’t complex enough to handle the flu, and we all know there’s no evolution to make the virus evolve. Did God create the flu? Is it then part of His “mysterious ways”? I’m actually interested in your answer here (for once, I might add), because you often talk about the big things but rarely about the everyday things. What glorious explanation do you have for the flu?” Nathaniel

When God made Adam and Eve He made them perfect. There was no disease, suffering, pain and death. When they rebelled against Him, He cursed them and the earth, and we now live in what is commonly called a “fallen creation.”

Study the soil for a moment. It naturally produces weeds. No one plants them; no one waters them. They even stubbornly push through cracks of a dry sidewalk. Billions of useless weeds sprout like there’s no tomorrow, strangling our crops and ruining our lawns. Pull them out by the roots, and there will be more tomorrow. They are nothing but a curse.
Consider how much of the earth is uninhabitable. There are millions of square miles of barren deserts in Africa and other parts of the world. Most of Australia is nothing but miles and miles of useless desolate land. Not only that, but the earth is constantly shaken with massive earthquakes. Its shores are lashed with hurricanes; tornadoes rip through creation with incredible fury; devastating floods soak the land; and terrible droughts parch the soil. Sharks, tigers, lions, snakes, spiders, and disease-carrying mosquitoes attack humanity and suck its life’s blood. The earth’s inhabitants are afflicted with disease, pain, suffering, and death.
Think of how many people are plagued with cancer, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, emphysema, Parkinson’s, and a number of other debilitating illnesses. Consider all the children with leukemia, or people born with crippling diseases or without the mental capability to even feed themselves. All these things should convince thinking minds that something is radically wrong. Did God blow it when He created humanity? What sort of tyrant must our Creator be if this was His master plan? Sadly, many use the issue of suffering as an excuse to reject any thought of God, when its existence is the very reason we should accept Him. Suffering stands as terrible testimony to the truth of the explanation given by the Word of God.
But how can we know that the Bible is true? Simply by studying the prophecies of Matthew 24, Luke 21, and 2 Timothy 3. A few minutes of openhearted inspection will convince any honest skeptic that this is no ordinary book. It is the supernatural testament of our Creator about why there is suffering… and what we can do about it. The Bible tells us that God cursed the earth because of Adam’s transgression. Weeds are a curse. So is flu and all other diseases. Sin and suffering cannot be separated.
Again, the Scriptures inform us that we live in a fallen creation. In the beginning, God created man perfect, and he lived in a perfect world without suffering. It was heaven on earth. When sin came into the world, death and misery came with it. Those who understand the message of Holy Scripture eagerly await a new heaven and a new earth “wherein dwells righteousness.” In that coming Kingdom there will be no more pain, suffering, disease, or death. We are told that no eye has ever seen, nor has any ear heard, neither has any man’s mind ever imagined the wonderful things that God has in store for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9). Think for a moment what it would be like if food grew with the fervor of weeds. Consider how wonderful it would be if the deserts became incredibly fertile, if creation stopped devouring humanity. Imagine if the weather worked for us instead of against us, if disease completely disappeared, if pain was a thing of the past, if death was no more.
The dilemma is that we are like a child whose insatiable appetite for chocolate has caused his face to break out with ugly sores. He looks in the mirror and sees a sight that makes him depressed. But instead of giving up his beloved chocolate, he consoles himself by stuffing more into his mouth. Yet, the source of his pleasure is actually the cause of his suffering. The whole face of the earth is nothing but ugly sores of suffering. Everywhere we look we see unspeakable pain. But instead of believing God’s explanation and asking Him to forgive us and change our appetite, we run deeper into sin’s sweet embrace. There we find solace in its temporal pleasures, thus intensifying our pain, both in this life and in the life to come.

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