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August 28, 2013 at 7:04 PM
Where’s the science?
Teens are used to adults making statements about marijuana that are not true. This leads them to reject any advice from adults that might be true. [“Guest: What to tell your child about marijuana,” Health & Fitness, Aug. 25.]
The Times should require a guest writer like Dan Labriola to provide a source for his dubious assertions of “facts” about marijuana.
I don’t believe he can provide a single scientific, random, controlled, double-blind study that backs up his assertions. Put this stuff on the Opinion page, where it belongs.
Kurt Johnson, Kirkland
August 2, 2013 at 4:16 PM
A domestic issue
Seattle, we’re a proactive city, or so we’d like to think. We’re a supportive and accepting city, or so I thought. We’re educated, we raise awareness, and we take care of business to keep our community safe and healthy … right?
We have a problem. It’s a very discriminatory problem; it has a specific body of people who are disproportionally affected. Seattle has a closeted epidemic among its young gay population.
Seattle is home to more than 5,500 people living with HIV or AIDS. Almost 90 percent of those affected are men. Of those men, men having sex with men account for nearly 70 percent of the incidence.
Our local youth are becoming infected. AIDS isn’t foreign. It’s domestic. It’s in Seattle. And our children will be infected, because we like to think that we’re bigger than it. We aren’t.
Nina Cook, Seattle
July 2, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Prevention is key
I heard Timothy Ray Brown, the first person in the world cured of HIV, speak at Seattle University recently. Researchers are working hard to make a wide-reaching cure possible. [“Pioneer patient: ‘I don’t want to be the only person cured of HIV,’ ” page one, June 18.]
We don’t know how long this will take. I want to make sure the message the community is hearing is that we can end this disease today while waiting for a replicable cure tomorrow.
We need to prevent those living with HIV and AIDS from transmitting it to others. Discrimination, homophobia and stigma prevent people from getting tested and seeking treatment.
Complex socioeconomic factors, such as poverty fuel transmission make access to health care a major challenge. The words “HIV” and “AIDS” are still whispered, in the same way cancer was 30 years ago.
We can all play a role in the beginning of the end. Invest in prevention programs. Get tested. Help get people living with HIV on treatment. Talk about HIV and AIDS as you would any other chronic condition, such as cancer or diabetes, and help eliminate stigma.
Keep HIV in the public eye. To the more than 7,000 people living with HIV and AIDS in King County, this disease is far from over.
Randall Russell, CEO, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Seattle
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