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Old 09-23-2015, 04:51 PM
 
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Interesting suggestion.

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It used to be that the cities like New York, D.C., and Philadelphia — the cities the Pope is visiting on his U.S. trip — were the epicenters of HIV and AIDS problems. Today, it’s cities like Atlanta, where black, gay men under the age of 18 are showing HIV incidence rates of nearly 12 percent annually. This is the highest HIV incidence rate ever recorded among a population in a developed country, according to research from the Emory School of Public Health in Atlanta. Emory researchers report that a young black man who has sex with other black men in Atlanta has a 60 percent chance of becoming HIV positive before he reaches age 30.

This is a Southern regional crisis. Of the top 10 metropolitan areas with the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses, all of them are in the South, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Black women have been equally victimized, if not more, by HIV and AIDS in the urban South. And then there are the black children born into a life of HIV, adding to the list of stigmas they’ll face growing up.

More....The Pope Should Go to Atlanta to Speak on the HIV Crisis Among African Americans - CityLab
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:09 PM
 
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Governor Deal should address the crisis. I like Pope Francis, I think he is far more aware of societal issues than his predecessors, but in reality, GA is not a heavily Catholic state.
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Old 09-23-2015, 06:23 PM
 
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True, but the Pope can really focus a lot of attention on an issue.

Have we ever had an official papal visit to the ATL?

(I don't think this counts -- Pope Francis Kills 3 Hours Milling Around Atlanta Airport During Layover To D.C. )
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:48 PM
 
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Being that he's addressing several issues at once while he's here, so DC--a city that also has high incidences of HIV/AIDS--would be the proper place for that address.
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Old 09-24-2015, 04:38 AM
 
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No, the pope should not be addressing H.I.V. in the U.S. Didn't the last pope a few years ago go to Africa and I don't know which country (ies) tell them not to use condoms that they should just abstain from sex. Really? We don't need a continuation of that being taught in the U.S. It is already bad enough the South still teaches abstinence only. And I know the last pope is one man and this one is another, but should people whose doctrine it is to teach no sex until marriage and when married use no condoms, be addressing H.I.V.?
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Old 09-24-2015, 05:04 AM
 
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Interesting suggestion.
Copy much?
Pope should visit Atlanta, to address US HIV crisis
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Old 09-24-2015, 06:09 AM
 
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Address it in what manner? Is he coming with the cure? If not, then I don't think so. I'm not catholic, but I certainly would not be against him making visit here. Actually, I'd be all for a visit, but I do not see how a sermon from him could affect this epidemic here.
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Old 09-24-2015, 07:11 AM
 
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Sorry, cq, I didn't see your thread.
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Old 09-24-2015, 07:43 AM
 
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I think his addressing broader issues covers it. He can't specifically address every topic here and not sure
why he would need to come to Atlanta to address it at all. He doesn't need to go to the CDC. That's something that would be addressed at the center of gov't - DC.
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Old 09-24-2015, 07:53 AM
 
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Will he be recommending condom use? If not, I'd find someone else with charisma to address the issue. If those black gay men are not Catholic, they probably wouldn't be terribly impressed by his message.
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