Death as a Passion Play

By Benford E. Standley

World-wide an estimated 330 million people per year are affected by a venereal disease. The most widespread
are trichomonas with 120 million, followed by Chlamydia at 50 million and gonorrhea at 25 million affected
persons. The number of HIV infected persons is estimated today at 42 million. Sexually transmitted diseases
(STDs), once called venereal diseases, are among the most common infectious diseases in the United States
today. More than 20 STDs have now been identified, and they affect more than 13 million men and women in
this country each year. The annual comprehensive cost of STDs in the United States is estimated to be well in
excess of $10 billion.  Love is going bad...

Seems every day that there is some story on venereal disease.  Especially in the cities of the United States.
HPV-16 virus in women is sexually transmitted and responsible for 70% of all cervical cancers and 90% of
genital herpes.  HPV virus also plays a roll in several cancers of genitals, anus, head and neck.  There are
more than 20 strains of HPV and all transmitted sexually, says USA Today.  Says it causes the 2nd most
lethal cancer in women, not the most common sexually transmitted disease in the US.  Some strains are thought
to cause genital warts.

Then I see story on fact that in LA one in five women have herpes virus...AIDS is now taking more and more
women's lives, and the story after story of all the different sexual diseases...stories of how hepatitis is killing more
and more women and is sexual transmitted...warts are epidemic in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San
Francisco...God dear God...what do we do with passion and love...where do we find human touch.  Now in

these times with so many lonely and looking and having sex in that endless search for their soul mates?

Here let me stick my loaded gun in your mouth and between your legs
Blow out your love light
The world is spinning crazy honey and I need love
I could die for your love
Kill me with your passion
I drive my hard shaft deep in your needs
Leaves me with fear on my mind
Leaves you with fear on your mind

Take away the lust
Satisfy my want to leave this earth
In the ecstasy of a passion game
called love and death

Epidemics, which have existed throughout history, attract attention and cause alarm because of their scope and
destructiveness but also because they come and go, often unpredictably. Even today, an outbreak of Ebola
hemorrhagic fever, which may result in several dozen deaths, generates far more attention than malaria, which
remains endemic in many parts of the world and kills hundreds of thousands of people a year. In the past, when
the causes of disease were poorly understood, epidemics frequently caused enormous alarm and were often
blamed on unpopular social groups or even on the sufferers themselves.   I think because of desire and the
passion and need for SEX in the United States we deny many of the sexual diseases and just go about following
our blind passions and call it love.

“Disease depends on relationships. Without both hosts and vectors, or organisms that complete the chain of
transmission, microorganisms would not be able to reproduce and cause disease; without sizable host
populations, diseases would die out quickly. Infectious disease is, therefore, a function of civilization. Until
recently in most societies, epidemics were common and frequently devastating. Some of these have left lasting
impressions, either because of their destructive force or because of the ways in which they have been
understood.”  Peter Allen

1. The incidence of STDs is rising, in part because in the last few decades, young people have become sexually
active earlier yet are marrying later. In addition, divorce is more common. The net result is that sexually active
people today are more likely to have multiple sex partners during their lives and are potentially at risk for
developing STDs.

2. Most of the time, STDs cause no symptoms, particularly in women. When and if symptoms develop, they may
be confused with those of other diseases not transmitted through sexual contact. Even when an STD causes no
symptoms, however, a person who is infected may be able to pass the disease on to a sex partner. That is why
many doctors recommend periodic testing or screening for people who have more than one sex partner.

3. Health problems caused by STDs tend to be more severe and more frequent for women than for men, in part
because the frequency of asymptomatic infection means that many women do not seek care until serious
problems have developed.

 “In a year that saw Baltimore lose its distinction as the nation's leading spot for syphilis, the city last year became
No. 1 for another sexually transmitted disease.   Now, City Health Commissioner Peter Beilenson says he must
turn his attention toward slashing the gonorrhea rate. A federal report issued yesterday placed the city at the top
of the pack - ahead of such trouble spots as Richmond, Va., St. Louis, Rochester, N.Y., Chicago, Los Angeles
and Atlanta.

In the passion they stick their tounges in their wetness
and taste each others disease
and leave each other with death wishes
upon the object of their lust

With gonorrhea there is also pain on urinating. In some rare instances the woman may not have these symptoms.
If the disease is not treated, this can lead in the man to an infection of the prostate.  In the woman the womb, the
oviducts and the ovaries can be affected to such an extent that it can lead to infertility. In the later stages of
gonorrhea the bacteria spread throughout the whole body, in particular to the joints and the region of the liver
(Perihepatitis acuta). Identification of a gonorrheal infection takes place via examination under the microscope
and culturing of the discharge. A great problem in this respect is the sex tourism the prostitutes in other countries
often use antibiotics to protect from venereal diseases. In this way antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria develop,
that are then brought "home" by the sex tourists.

"Actually, this is good news and bad news," said Beilenson. "We're No. 1, but we're barely No. 1, and coming back
into the range of other cities."  Last year, the city's gonorrhea rate was 948 cases per 100,000 people - meaning
that almost one out of every 100 people were infected.  Gonorrhea is sort of the forgotten STD" (sexually
transmitted disease).  In Baltimore and elsewhere, gonorrhea travels mainly among sexually active teen-agers
who have multiple partners. Gonorrhea outbreaks have also occurred across the country among gay men and is
being then given to women.  A green purulent discharges from the penis and vagina sometimes is seen.

Oh god yes yes yes
Kill me
With your love

"As we have focused so heavily on syphilis last year, our partner notification and tracking in gonorrhea has not been
so intensive," Beilenson said. "Now, were trying to transfer what we have done to gonorrhea."   This city and others
are looking more and more at tracking people with sexually transmitted diseases.  Of the two, syphilis is considered
the more serious disease. Left untreated, it causes heart disease, dementia, blindness and even death. Gonorrhea
often causes no symptoms, but can cause genital discharge, urinary problems and infertility and is very easily passed

An estimated 20 million Americans carry genital HPV infections that can be passed on through sexual contact, and
there are about 5.5 million new infections every year. The virus, which also causes genital warts and penile and
anal cancer, is the most common STD among sexually active young people, Wasserheit said.   (Assoicated Press)

Chlamydia is more than twice as common as gonorrhea and transmitted sexually. The infections with Chlamydia are
very widespread and are caused by bacteria (Chlamydia trachomatis). They lead to very uncomfortable urethral
infections, causing severe itching and a burning sensation when urinating. In the male the prostata and the epididymis
may be affected and, in women, the vagina, the womb, the fallopian tubes and the ovaries, which can lead to infertility
and fallopian tube pregnancies.  This infection is now the most common of all bacterial STDs, with an estimated 4 to 8
million new cases occurring each year

In the heat and sweat of the city jungle night
We hear the lovers in fright
We hear the silent scream of a kiss
As his hardness enters her love hole
He deposits his bacteria in her sweetness
A virus begins to grow
Now it is her blood
Love blood gone bad

A new epidemic in America is Hepitus C, which being transmitted sexually is now going to take many good men and
women to their graves.  Hepitus C in a third of the cases results in death.  Many become sicker and sicker the longer
they have the disease.  For years we only thought of Hepitus C as a disease transmitted by needles but it is clear
now that this is a sexual disease the is transmitted from body fluids.   The problem with hepatitis B/C is that some
persons remain lifelong carriers without themselves becoming ill, and can infect others. In addition to sexual inter-
course the hepatitis B/C viruses can be transmitted via blood transfusions, syringe sharing in drug addicts, and
sometimes even by direct contact with body fluids where appropriate hygienic measures are neglected.

Another disease that has reached epidemic proportions especially in men and women 20 to 39 years old is Genital
Herpes Virus.  There is no cure for Herpes and it is thought to pass through some condoms and is transmitted by
sexual contact, kissing and any touch with infected areas of the body.  Some are thinking that the Herpes virus could
be on the same viral strain as HIV, or could even be a pre-HIV disease in people who are not healthy and their immune
system is breaking down.  Herpes genitals is a widespread virus infection that is closely related to herpes labials
(fever blisters on the lips). Three to seven days after infection small, intensely itchy or painful blisters appear in the
genital region, which contain an infectious fluid. In addition lymph node swelling and general febrile conditions may
occur. The virus can be detected directly in the blister liquid or, in directly, via blood tests. Despite treatment with a
drug that kills the virus (Aciclovir) the virus can survive in the nerve cells and, years later lead to a new attack.
Many times men pass the virus and there is no evidence of sores on the man.

Genital herpes affects an estimated 60 million Americans. Approximately 500,000 new cases of this incurable viral
infection develop annually and mostly in young women, and this may be due to the fact that many men do not go
into to be treated and do not end up on the stats.

He pulled down my shirt and began to suck my hard nipples
I began to put my hands in his pants and reach for his blisters
I lust for his infectious fluids to fill my inner being and take
Away all my breath
I had to let him kill me...For I needed love so

Syphilis in primary and secondary stages with the presence of infected lessons and sores, says the US Center for
Disease control, is seeing an alarming increase in the United States.  The fact is that Syphilis increases by 3 to 5
fold the risk of transmitting and acquiring HIV the virus that causes AIDS.  The virus is spread sexually by gentals,
mouth or anus.  The bacteria moves throughout the body destroying many organisms including the brain and eyes.
There are some that say the West Nile Virus is a form of syphilis that may spread to people from misquotes then
people spread to others through sexual behavior.   Syphilis is caused by spiral-shaped bacteria (Treponema pallidum).
The course of the disease can be split into four stages: in stage 1, about three weeks after the infection there
appears a hard, painless nodule at the site of the infection (generally the penis or the vagina).  As the stages
progress the disease moves to the other parts of the body including the nervous system.

Another dark side of passion and sexual being is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and has become the most
common sexually transmitted infection.  Virus may also cause genital warts, which are also epidemic now.
There are some studies that are not linking genital warts to some contagious cancers.  HPV and warts are
transmitted through all forms of sexual contact including vaginal, oral and intercourse.  Can even spread through
contact with underwear and wash cloths.  Many of the warts do lead to cervical cancers in women and at this time
there are some 60 strains of HPV.  HPV is considered HIGHLY contagious.  The thought and new study of
contagious cancers is opening a new Pandora’s box in the sexual behavior of women.

Sexually transmissible diseases or venereal diseases (STDs) belong to the group "infectious diseases". These include
more than 20 diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. The common factor with STDs is that they are

 transmitted in the main during sexual intercourse. There are, however, differences in the degree of infectiousness of
the causative agents, the course of the disease and possible therapeutic or preventive measures.

He touches the wet lips on my face
He touches the wet lips between my legs
I hold his hardness
I take his fluids
I give him mine
We are one now
In the love dance of death

Will it feel this good to die?

Infection with an STD occurs primarily during sexual intercourse through the direct contact of infected body fluids
(such as seminal and vaginal fluid) with the mucous membranes. Most venereal diseases, especially herpes
infections, can also be transmitted via oral sex, kissing or petting (again via direct contact with infected body fluids).
An infection can also be transmitted from the mother to the unborn or new-born child. Some venereal diseases
(hepatitis B, AIDS and syphilis) can also be transmitted via the blood, by infected blood preserves and blood products
or by the exchange of syringes between drug addicts. With some pathogens an indirect infection via towels, toilet
articles and so on is also possible, though very rare. Infection via drops (e.g. coughing, sneezing) is not possible. In
the course of everyday social contacts (household, workplace, travel etc.) infection with an STD can be excluded,
provided normal rules of hygiene are observed.

The majority of STDs (most important exceptions: hepatitis B and AIDS) manifest themselves initially at the place
of entry, i.e. penis, vagina and labia (lips of the vulva). The anus and buccal cavity (mouth) may also be affected.
Some STDs are simply unpleasant, while others are dangerous: if they remain untreated, they can spread throughout
the whole body and may, in some instances, cause irreparable damage such as infertility, brain damage or blindness.
The most dangerous STD, the HIV infection, leads - as far as we know today - after 12 years on average to the
terminal stage, AIDS, which ends in death.

He shoots her with fear and denial
She silently screams in pleasure then pain
Love sores
Pus and green penis and vagina oooze
Oh god I love you darling
Let me kill you with this love
Oh this passion is so real
I'm going to you have eruptions
Lust, rust and dust
Fatal bacterium and infections

AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is the final stage of an infection with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency
Virus). Up to the present two virus types (HIV 1+2), with numerous subgroups, have been identified. The period
between infection and the eruption of the disease comprises, on average about twelve years. During this time
infected persons can, without themselves being aware of the infection, transmit the virus to other persons.
Simultaneously existing classical venereal diseases (especially syphilis and Ulcus molle) increase the susceptibility to
an infection with the AIDS virus. Identification of an HIV infection takes place by means of a blood examination (HIV
test). The disease is up to now still incurable, and is finally futile. Today AIDS is the most dangerous venereal disease.
In the USA it is already the most frequent cause of death in men between 25 and 44 years of age, soon the number
of AIDS in women with equal that in men in the US.


rapidly in sexual active people.

CHANCRIOD is a bacterial infection caused by Haemophilus ducreyi, which is spread by sexual contact.  Periodic
outbreaks of chancroid have occurred in the US and now seen more in the last few years.  Causes painful open


TRICHOMONIASIS is a widespread mono cellular parasite that infests the urethra and vaginal infection that can be

transmitted by most sexual contact including finger to genital touching.  The parasite can live outside the body for
seven hours is on the rise.


YEAST INFECTIONS that are being passed through genital and oral sex.  The yeast fungus (Candida albicans) is
very widespread and the most frequent carrier of sexually transmitted fungal infections. This, in itself harmless, infection

(inflammation of the vagina or glans) can, however, lead to unpleasant discomfort such as severe itching and a burning

sensation. A woman experiences in addition, a vaginal discharge.

Our fluids mix
He he shoots his load in my wetness
then drinks from my love hole
I taste his kisses
a bad culture grows

Ulcus molle is caused by bacteria (Haemophilus ducreyi), and is a  disease in central Europe, though it occurs frequently
in tropical developing countries. Two to six days following the infection soft, painful and somewhat diffuse ulceration
occurs at the site of the infection. The lymph nodes in the area of the groin may become very swollen. Diagnosis is by

microscopic examinations of the ulcers to detect the bacteria.

Lymphogranuloma inguinale is caused by particular strains of Chlamydia trachomatis,. At least 14 days following infection
small discrete nodules appear in the genital area, which may lead to the formation of ulcers. These scarcely painful
nodules heal spontaneously within 10-14 days, and are often not noticed. It is not until the swelling of the lymph nodes in
the inguinal region (up to fist size) that the patient is prompted to consult a doctor. Problems arise, above all, when lymph
nodes rupture externally (fistulue) or internal lymph nodes are affected. Diagnosis takes place via direct demonstration
of the causative agent at the site of infection or by means of blood tests.

CYTOMEGALOVIRUS (CMV) is now a very common virus that infects approximately one half of all young adults in
the United States.  If a person has a suppressed or impaired immune systems it can be more serious.  Many do not know
they carry the virus.  The virus is a member of the HERPES VIRUS family, is found in saliva, urine, and other body fluids. 

Because it is often found in semen as well as in cervical secretions, the virus can be spread sexually and easily spread by

kissing.  Some think this virus could then develop into HERPES.

Oh baby please please don't stop
kiss and fuck me deep
hold me
I am so glad I found you
My passion needs release
Lust is blind
Love is our excuse
MMMMMM I want your intimate being
Give me the fluids of other women you have loved
Kill me with their disease
And I don't even know them
The human T-cell lymph tropic viruses (retroviruses), HTLV-1 and HTLV-II, are now appearing more among drug
users and persons who have multiple sex partners, genital ulcers, or a history of syphilis.  The virus can be transmitted
by blood or intimate sexual contact, and can be passed from mother to child during pregnancy and through breast milk.
Some cases can lead to a rare and aggressive cancer of the blood.  Infected persons may develop myelopathy, a
neuralgic disorder that affects muscles in the legs, and it is now is thought to maybe play a role in causing the rare
cancer called hairy-cell leukemia.


Included in the Pandora’s box of diseases being transmitted sexually are crabs, and crab lice which feed and live in the
pubic hair and underarms and are thought could transmit and carry other diseases and Scabies that are highly contagious
and passed by most physical contact.  Scabies is a skin infestation with a tiny mite, Sarcoptes scabiei and have become

relatively common throughout the general population.  It is highly contagious and is spread primarily through sexual
contact, although it also is commonly transmitted by contact with skin, infested sheets, towels, or even furniture.

Add to the worry now that mosquitoes which are already known to pass deadly diseases might be passing HIV, West
Nile Virus, which now we hear is a form of Syphilis and other deadly diseases.  It has been documented that a woman
that had gotten the West Nile Virus from a mosquito might have passed the virus on to her child.    Disease is under-
stood to be a deviation from the norms that define health in any specific culture. Diseases may be non communicable,
originating in genetic or environmental factors, or they may be communicable, or infectious, caused by a microorganism
that can be transmitted from person to person.

So we load the gun, put it to our heads and make love and kiss.  We search for meaning and love and cry for more,
more, don’t stop…I want to die of love and passion.  Oh let just take of you one more time while I give you my body
liquids and those of all those

There are many stories of diseases going through strange mutations and sicknesses that were not known before
now taking on new variations.  We have to wonder what it is doing to us if we already have a venereal disease and
then in our need for sex and love we meet with another lover in the night and now we have two or maybe more
veneral diseases.  The culture is going bad and love is death.

by Benford E. Standley

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