Contrary

Tit for Tat

Liberals like to point out that the evil Europeans who came to the New World brought death and destruction to the natives by introducing diseases that the natives had never been exposed to.

But they gloss over the fact that syphilis was introduced to the Old World by the returning conquistadors. It is believed that the disease began in Central America and had spread to the Caribbean where Columbus first landed.

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May 14, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

4 Comments »

  1. When I was young, I used to be horrified by the fact that you can catch syphilis from sheep, even though I was never much prone to fucking sheep.

    You can also get it from dirty sheets and Lord knows I slept in enough of those. I never worried about that.

    I never had a venereal disease and I didn’t get married and go out of circulation until my early thirties. I must have had a great immune system. I got crabs once, that was a bitch.

    Comment by reddog | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  2. Dirty sheets? Sounds like an old wives tale to me.

    Syphilis is caused by a virus. It’s transmitted by sexual contact. Can a virus survive in dirty sheets?

    Comment by cutshoot | May 15, 2010 | Reply

  3. Syphilis and gonorrhea are both bacterial. What makes syphilis so much more transmittable is that the bacteria that causes it is a microscopic spirochete, almost like a worm, it is somewhat motile and can live outside the body for extended periods of time, as long as the environment is fairly warm and humid.

    Herpes is a retrovirus, like AIDS and totally incurable so far. Once you get one of those, it’s forever.

    Comment by reddog | May 15, 2010 | Reply

  4. I didn’t know that. Makes me wonder how I survived after some of the crazy things I did when I was younger.

    Comment by cutshoot | May 16, 2010 | Reply


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