Friday, 18 January 2008

New York Bathhouses and HIV

There was a really interesting story in the New York Observer this week entitled 'Tearoom trade in 2008'. The article argues that the panic reaction of health departments in closing down bathhouses as a response to rising HIV rates is not the answer. It makes for an interesting read in an area that I haven't made my own mind up about. In our health financing model (the NHS) there is an argument that we owe a duty to one another not to become sick if avoidable due to the financial drain on society in terms of meds. In an insurance based model that isn't the case so do we still worry about HIV/AIDS too much in our era of modern medicine or is that exactly the kind of irresponsible comment that is leading to this growing trend of infection rates? I don't know but I don't think it's as simple as some activists and health professionals claim.

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