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fishingboatproceeds:

In regards to the panic that will inevitably spread in re the first case of ebola in the United States, watch this health care triage video. (Also discussed: the panic of enterovirus, which is the virus that caused my meningitis.)

As Dr. Amesh Adalja put it, ““Ebola outbreaks are stopped in their tracks when basic public health measures are in place … and the United States would not be a hospitable environment for something that spreads exclusively through blood and body fluids.”

Ebola IS a huge, growing public health problem in several nations in west Africa. Because it has hit health care workers particularly hard, there are fewer health workers and resources available in already poorly equipped nations. That’s a disaster not only because of ebola but also because it means fewer vaccinated children and more deaths from preventable illnesses like malaria and diarrhea. Panicking over ebola in the United States distracts from the real problem, which is the thousands of needless deaths in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

storyofagayboy:

***URGENT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT***

Grindr, a popular app for gay men, now carries an urgent warning for users in Egypt. According to many sources, Egyptian authorities are posing as LGBT people on various social media sites to identify and arrest homosexual people. The app is urging users in the region to proceed with extreme caution, especially when identifying themselves or arranging meetings/hookups. While so far the focus seems to be on gay men, all LGBT people in the area should be cautious. Reports show that Egyptian police have carried out violent raids on private homes which lead to the arrests of several gay men. These men were then subjected to disturbing medical “exams.” Police also raided an LGBT party last year, violently arresting many and sentencing them to up to 12 years hard labour. While homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt, athorities are using sexual deviance, debauchery and insulting public morals as terms for the crackdown. Many claim this fresh attack on the LGBT community is lead by President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi who wishes for his country to be more Islamic.

For all of my LGBT friends here on tumblr, please be extremely careful as this situation develops. Remember to clear your search history, use private browsing if possible, and be extremely cautious with who you talk to online.

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