AHF opens STD clinic in North Dallas

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Bret Camp

AIDS Healthcare Foundation has opened an STD clinic at its North Dallas office.

AHF Texas Regional Director Bret Camp said the clinic is open twice a week to offer free STD testing. In addition to checking for HIV, tests will be given for syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.

While Dallas has the highest rate of new HIV infections in the state, Camp said, Houston is ahead of Dallas with other sexually transmitted diseases. But STD rates in Dallas remain high and Camp encourages testing for them as well as for HIV.

Dallas County’s rate of chlamydia and gonorrhea increased while syphilis decreased over the previous year. Chlamydia was the most prevalent STD with 16,848 cases reported. Camp said these three STDs are all curable when caught in their early stages and much more difficult to treat if left undiagnosed.

Free testing is available at the AHF office at 7777 Forest Lane, Suite B-122 on the Medical City campus on Mondays from 3–7 p.m. and Thursdays from 3–6 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 972-383-1066.

AHF has offices in Fort Worth and Dallas and is the largest provider of healthcare to people with HIV in the United States.

—  David Taffet

What’s Brewing: DADT update; new gonorrhea strain; Michele Bachmann’s ‘ex-gay’ clinics

Michele Bachmann

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. After ordering a halt to enforcement of “don’t ask, don’t tell” last week, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday gave the Department of Justice 10 days to state whether it will continue to defend the policy’s constitutionality in a case brought by Log Cabin Republicans.

2. Scientists have discovered a new strain of gonorrhea that is totally resistant to antibiotics. “This is both an alarming and a predictable discovery,” lead researcher Magnus Unemo, professor at the Swedish Reference Laboratory for Pathogenic Neisseria in Örebro, Sweden, said in a statement. “Since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it.”

3. Christian counseling clinics owned by GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and her husband have been conducting so-called “ex-gay” therapy, according to a report that aired on ABC’s Nightline on Monday night. In the wake of the report, Bachmann said she is “very proud” of the clinics and the jobs they’ve created, but refused to respond to the allegations about reparative therapy. Watch Nightline‘s report below.

—  John Wright

Rampant homosexuality among Pashtun men, not that there's anything wrong with that

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Hamid Karzai is Pashtun

And you know this story HAS to be true, because it’s from Fox News.

According to Fox, an unclassified military report said there’s a high incidence of homosexuality among Pashtun men in Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai is Pashtun but has not returned a call from Dallas Voice for comment.

But Pashtun men don’t think they’re gay because their definition of gay is to love another man, not just have sex with them.

They couldn’t understand how they got gonorrhea anally since they’re not gay.

U.S. military doctors had to explain to them how to get their wives pregnant, which they found repulsive since women are “unclean.”

“Surely this must be wrong,” one Pashtun man said to the military doctor.

Well, we here at Dallas Voice certainly agree and support our Pashtun pals. Maybe the military docs could start giving them cootie shots.

According to the report, the military teaches that Pashtun men are effeminate, but that’s not an indication of homosexuality. They blame the Afghan brand of homosexuality on the severe separation of men and women in Afghan society. Maybe if there were some gays in the military, they could get a better handle on the situation.

Interesting that we just committed 40,000 new troops to go to Afghanistan to fight against the Taliban and defend our allies, the Pashtun, who, it turns out, are flaming queens.

—  David Taffet