South Carolina Capital A Haven For HIV/ AIDS

FAMOUSLY HOT? YES … ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL Columbia, S.C. has been known as a lot of things … the “birthplace of secession.” And more recently the “Face of the Recession.” The city has also tried to define itself – as a “Capital Place To Be” and…


Columbia, S.C. has been known as a lot of things … the “birthplace of secession.” And more recently the “Face of the Recession.”

The city has also tried to define itself – as a “Capital Place To Be” and lately as “Famously Hot” (more on that in a moment).

There’s one thing you won’t be reading about in the city’s taxpayer-subsidized promotional literature, though: The disproportionately high occurrence of HIV and AIDS amongst its citizens. According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Columbia ranks sixth in the nation in HIV and AIDS prevalence – trailing only Miami, Baton Rouge, Jacksonville, New York City and Washington, D.C.

By comparison, hedonistic Charleston, S.C. ranks No. 15 while Bible-thumping Greenville, S.C. ranks No. 45. Statewide, South Carolina ranks eighth nationally in the number of new HIV/ AIDS cases – earning a designation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as one of the Top Ten national “Hot Spots” for the spread of the disease.

Yeah … so now you know where “famously hot” comes from, huh?

What should government do about the spread of these diseases? Nothing.

That’s right … you heard us. Nothing.

HIV/ AIDS is a health care issue, and government has proven on repeated occasions it should have absolutely nothing to do with the health care market – unless it is going to follow the Milton Friedman model of disbursing a limited benefit directly to those in need and then permitting the market to manage the ensuing demand.

The current system of massive bureaucracies, subsidized bounty systems, individual mandates and restricted choices is perpetuating the problem … not addressing it.

Bottom line? The sooner we get government out of subsidizing dependency (on all fronts), the quicker the free market will rebound and provide better, cheaper care for greater numbers of people – including those afflicted with HIV/ AIDS in “famously hot” Columbia, S.C.

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BrigidBernadette May 29, 2014 at 10:03 am

DHEC’s Ryan White funds and other health education programs are clearly a failure. Perhaps PTT can focus on this huge problem rather than worry about what poor people are eating for dinner.

What May 29, 2014 at 10:56 am

What is PTT?

BrigidBernadette May 30, 2014 at 10:36 am

Part-time Templeton, the head of DHEC, who lives in Charleston, rather than Columbia. A friend of Haley. She previously was director of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, where she showed up half the time, hence PTT.

little enos burdette May 29, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Who is PTT?

TontoBubbaGoldstein May 29, 2014 at 4:21 pm

TBG is down wid OPP.

I keed!
I keed!

CNSYD May 29, 2014 at 10:04 am

We need to wise up like tribal leaders in Pakistan. To hell with all this Polio vaccine. Its all part of “dependency”. HIV/AIDS is just like that. Communicable diseases are just that…communicable. It is our free choice to “communicate” with whomever we so desire. The “free market” will solve all health issues anyway.

sanfran louie May 29, 2014 at 10:13 am

The penis was not supposed to be inserted into the euw anus!

Lois May 29, 2014 at 10:14 am

Yes! That’s a great idea! Sharia law now!

Smirks May 29, 2014 at 11:53 am

Ensuring the spread of vaccines that will end horrible diseases is not a core function of government. Making me vaccinate my children against various illnesses before admitting them into public schools so my boy doesn’t get infected or infect his classmates is literally akin to Hitler having six million Jews killed. Whatever drugs I do decide to give my children should not undergo government-mandated tests, that should be left up to Big Pharma corporations whose primary interests is ensuring profits for their shareholders. Clearly they have a much greater interest in public health than some entity representing the public at large.

The Colonel May 29, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Your plan will only work if you force those infected with AIDS/HIV to write “UNCLEAN” in indelible ink on their foreheads

CNSYD May 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Colonel, I am sure you know the meaning of satire but I sometimes wonder about others on here.

The Colonel May 30, 2014 at 8:42 am

SC only gets satire when it suits her/his/its needs…

SCBlues May 30, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Uh-huh. You really ought to get over yourself. I get satire fine. I just don’t have much patience with dipshits on here that think they are an authority on EVERYTHING.

The Colonel May 30, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Yeah, those of you who think you know everything really do annoy those of us who actually do!
Have a day SC!

SCBlues May 29, 2014 at 9:10 pm

And while we’re at it how about all the global warming deniers have “DUMBASS” tattooed on their foreheads?? Sound about right?

Lois May 29, 2014 at 10:11 am

By all means, let the free market determine who lives and who dies. Corporations will work diligently to research and prevent disease, not just “manage” it for the rest of our lives, right? Dumb ass. Government health care is far from great, but for (huge) profit health care is a disaster.

Sandi Morals May 29, 2014 at 10:16 am

Like the death panels/waiting lists at the VA? What Obamacare will look like. Dumbass.l

Old Drugs, Delays, Poor Care May 29, 2014 at 11:44 am

Death panels were there under Bush. I know because my dad almost died.

Deo Vindice SC May 29, 2014 at 11:58 am

Sandi, Rush on line 1, Sara on line 2.

MyDaddyIsRich May 29, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Every Insurance company has a death panel.

TontoBubbaGoldstein May 29, 2014 at 4:03 pm

…for (huge) profit health care is a disaster.

TBG , being a southern gentleman, knows that it is impolite to comment on a lady’s age…

….but…DAY-UM Lois, you are old enough to remember “for profit ” healthcare?

Housecalls and all?

TontoBubbaGoldstein May 29, 2014 at 4:07 pm

By all means, let the free market determine who lives and who dies.

Are you nuts???

Nameless faceless bureaucrats backed by the full power of the state are much more efficient.

GrandTango May 29, 2014 at 10:19 am

Does it break down the data by sexual preference, race and drug use…???

Or: is this a case where FITS – breaking from his character- will refrain from using skin-color, morality and party to attack???

Because I think ALL the Freedom-Loving Liberal-Tarians, and liberals would want to know…Don’t you refer to yourselves as the most educated, best and brightest???

If there is a STRONG Risk associated w/ your political ideology…shouldn’t you – as a matter of FULL-DISCLOSURE- tell your followers what dangers go along w/ your celebrated lifestyles….

Rocky May 29, 2014 at 10:27 am

Well since the Columbia MSA is overwhelmingly Conservative (i.e. Lexington, West Columbia, NE area, Irmo – which rhyms with Homo) I think you make a good point. Closet Conservative gays are less likely to practice safe sex – hence spreading the risk to their partners. My guess for the lower incidence rate in the up-state is folks up there just ain’t gettin’ any.

GrandTango May 29, 2014 at 10:43 am

Your avoiding the truth of the question reveals more than FITS would, if he had the integrity to answer it…

You march in the streets…but when your behavior comes home to roost (to quote Rev. Wright)…you flee like the cowards and liars, you are….

Problem is: FITS Demands freedom for all this aborant behavior, all the while NEVER admitting how much it costs…Then he has the nerve to tell us his Dumb @$$ is a fiscal Conservative…and some idiots actually believe him…

Vice costs us Trillions. You are just stupid to be a Liberal-Tarian…and, of course, that goes double for liberals…

a face in the crowd May 29, 2014 at 10:28 am

Read the first paragraph in the article below. Are you really surprised by the statistics?


nitrat May 29, 2014 at 10:29 am

You missed entire towns in the ’50s, segregated of course, going to a school to get their sugar cube with the Sabin vaccine on it, didn’t you? Do you know what the Sabin vaccine is for?

How do people get as ignorant of real American history as the average Libertarian?
Ask Milton Friedman how he would have handled polio.

But, as the following story suggests, if we had not decided to ‘cure’ HIV, the virus would have killed itself out by now, as it has done the numerous times the virus has jumped from simians to humans in Africa over thousands of years:

Sometimes, we are too smart for our own good.

GrandTango May 29, 2014 at 10:49 am

You liberals sure have all of the answers, to be such a group of Total and Complete F*#k-ups with EVERYTHING you touch…(see Obama)…..

It’s great to be such a genius, like you, but what good does it do you…when you are as @$$-Backward when it comes to reality, as a monkey F*#king a football????

nitrat May 29, 2014 at 10:51 am

You have severe reading comprehension problems, don’t you, shithead?

GrandTango May 29, 2014 at 10:52 am

Again: You preach a H#!! of a good game, but I can’t think of one thing you liberals are good at…except F*#king up…

Kenyon Dudd May 29, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Careful.The ‘monkey’ said he is brain injured from a football injury . No shit.At the white House today.

TontoBubbaGoldstein May 29, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Do you know what the Sabin vaccine is for?


scotty May 29, 2014 at 10:30 am

One of the main reasons that the SCDC has all of there prisoners with the disease located in the Columbia area. Others with it that are in other govt. institutions are also located in the Columbia area.

Guest May 29, 2014 at 10:38 am

I’ve heard through the grapevine that SCDC intends on mixing the prison population. If this is true, the results could be pretty horrific.

nitrat May 29, 2014 at 10:48 am

Well, you should have read that they have been court ordered to do so. Months ago.

Nölff May 29, 2014 at 10:44 am

AIDS ain’t no good. That bad stuff, boy.

GrandTango May 29, 2014 at 10:46 am

Homophobic much????

GT for the win! May 29, 2014 at 10:47 am

WTF does that even mean you retard?

GrandTango May 29, 2014 at 11:07 am

Typical liberal. You demand everyone celebrate your sexual preference, but you to attack children w/ Special Needs w/ Bigoted names…

You are the poster boy/girl for the Hateful SCDP……proud of yourself???…or too stupid to even know what you did???

Pachelbel's Canon May 29, 2014 at 11:35 am

So, I take it you’re NOT running in the Gay Special Olympics this year?

GT for the win! May 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

His theme song for this year’s event:


Nölff May 29, 2014 at 10:48 am

How’s that homophobic? AIDS ain’t no good. When is AIDS good? you tell me. Are you saying saying it’s only for gays?

GrandTango May 29, 2014 at 10:51 am

You’re a BIGOT bullying gays…
You would not attack AIDS if mainly Heteros got it, would you???

Smirks May 29, 2014 at 10:53 am

Calling AIDS bad is bullying gays? Heteros don’t get AIDS? …wut

Too much dain bramage in hurr.

GrandTango May 29, 2014 at 10:53 am

Sucks when I use liberal logic…doesn’t it, Dumb@$$….???…LMAO….

Smirks May 29, 2014 at 10:54 am

Sucks when the nurse has to wipe the drool from your chin every morning.

GrandTango May 29, 2014 at 10:58 am

I’m pretty good at bustin’ your @$$…why are you so punch-drunk and lame???…I thought you are the Best and Brightest…

Your prose has no pop..and your brain runs as if it’s on defrag mode…

Nölff May 30, 2014 at 8:38 am

I love that everyone can speak their mind here, but you ain’t busted anybone’s ass except your own.

I went to Clemson and I come to talk to the rest of the Carolina dirtpeckers to speak my mind. Some agree; some disagree.

I don’t know how you get that I’m homophobic.
I’ll say it again. AIDS ain’t no good… and that’s the truth.

GrandTango May 30, 2014 at 8:47 am

I’m just using your liberal tactics back on you…

PS: Either you are Conservative, or you are part of the problem…
Trying dance on the head of FITS’ tiny pecker…is just as good as kneeling down in front of Obama, and servicing him…

And if you check this data, that endangers you, like all democrat voters are more at risk. And that, like AIDS ain’t no good….as you selectively and conveniently (all of a sudden) intone, here…

Mr. Mann May 29, 2014 at 11:29 am

That’s not drool…

TontoBubbaGoldstein May 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

That’s not drool.


Too Much *Metaphorical* Information.

little enos burdette May 29, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Perhaps he is overdue for his diaper change?

TontoBubbaGoldstein May 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Sucks when the nurse has to wipe the drool from your chin every morning.

Sure would suck to be the nurse…

Squishy123 May 29, 2014 at 11:03 am

Did GT just come out of the closet???

GrandTango May 29, 2014 at 10:46 am

Didn’t AIDS originate from a human doing it some sort of simian species..then the junkets from Calif. to Haiti for homosexual men to rape little boys, caused the spread…???

SCBlueWoman May 29, 2014 at 4:31 pm Reply
Nikki May 29, 2014 at 10:46 am

Does penicillin fix AIDS/HIV?

Judith May 29, 2014 at 10:56 am

Thank you for this post, Sic. While we South Carolinians may not like what it says, perhaps by publishing this study, it will educate some people and help reduce the rate for next year. I quickly checked the MSM outlets in SC and did not see this study posted anywhere else. I checked behind you and see that it appears to be legit and current.

As bad as you are, this was a good public service announcement. Thanks, again.

GrandTango May 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

Hey FITS: Sen. Mike Fair BLOCKED ultra-liberal and abortion-supporting New Morning Foundation’s attempt to sell more abortions in public High Schools….

I bet that P!$##$ off your Stupid little Leftwing @$$..Hahaha…BIG DEFEAT for Liberal-Tarians, and Liberals…Good for ya’…LMAO…

Go Mike Fair. One senator STOPS your plot to get more liberal doctrine into our schools…Hahahaha…

Mayberry, RFD May 29, 2014 at 11:27 am

Here’s why we’re SC is at the bottom at what’s good and first on what’s bad.

GrandTango May 29, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Democrats are the source of the state’s deficiencies. You are politically and socially ignorant, if you don’t know that.

TontoBubbaGoldstein May 30, 2014 at 9:08 am

Democrats are the source of the state’s deficiencies.

Don’t sell yourself short, T.

euwe max May 30, 2014 at 10:48 pm

He has to, if he wants to have a good time!

Deo Vindice SC May 29, 2014 at 11:37 am

Tango, Linsey’s on the phone.

The Colonel May 29, 2014 at 2:42 pm

And the dipsticks in the Senate are prohibiting an update to our antiquated sex education programs.

SCBlues May 29, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Ooops! Whoa now! Al Gore and President Obama (“that black guy in the white house”) are both in favor of fact-based, science-backed sex education programs – so I know you could not possibly agree with that!! And everyone knows that HIV is a hoax – just like that silly global warming – a myth perpetuated to further the agenda of the Gay Lobby! Those damn homosexuals will do anything to get their name in the papers!

The Colonel May 30, 2014 at 8:40 am

SC, you’re a jackass if you can’t see the differences between this issue and global cooling, global warming, climate change climate disruption.
The fact that you can’t see the forest for the trees doesn’t mean I can’t.

SCBlues May 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Colonel, you are nothing but a pompous, know-it-all, blowhard. Get over your damn self!

The Colonel May 30, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Why yes, yes I am.

Thomas May 29, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Columbia was on the forefront for HIV/AIDS treatment back in the 90’s. Many “infected” people came to Columbia for then cutting edge treatment. The facility was on St Julians Place. I heard that when I went down there to get tested because of a blood transfusion during surgery at Massachusetts General in 1981. Now, AIDS is running rampant predominately in black males (prison population) who give it to black females besides the usual white male homosexuals bring up the rear in the Midlands.

ELCID May 29, 2014 at 5:48 pm

One thing the Government should do is get out the word all around Richland County of this grave medical danger. It’s amazing that this is not on the front page of every news paper and TV News Cast in SC. Everyone should know about this real danger, and how to protect themselves from it, i.e. condoms or abstain.

GrandTango May 29, 2014 at 7:59 pm

These facts do not fit the new media’s liberal agenda.

They don’t care if people die, as long as no one begins to realize that democrat and liberal-tarian voters live risky lifestyles that cost us dearly, fiscally and spiritually…

Can’t let the truth slip out…can we????

Limbaughsaphatkhunt May 29, 2014 at 11:54 pm

Obviously the abstinence only message isn’t getting through and having needle exchanges would only encourage people to all of the sudden start using heroin.

Let’s just keep on doin’ what we’re doin’…being among the worst of the 50 states and thanking our lucky stars for Mississippi.

MikeH May 31, 2014 at 1:23 pm

You failed to mention that South Carolina is again ranked #1 in heterosexual transmission of HIV/AIDS. What Columbian consider to be a homosexual issue is really a heterosexual health crisis.

erneba June 2, 2014 at 12:35 pm

We may be number one in something, I think that is Gonorrhea.
I’ll clap for that.


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