Putting the "P" in Pool: That Water Could be Tainted

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This little pisher is only part of the problem.
The brutal onset of summer heat and the Memorial Day weekend brought just about everyone to the newly-opened pools and aquatic centers of St. Louis. And according to the latest survey from the Water Quality & Health Council, just about everybody failed to shower before taking a dip, thereby fouling the waters with all sorts of effluvia. A remarkable 68 percent of respondents admitted that they skipped the showers and just jumped right in. And that's much worse than the one in five adults who admit to peeing in the pool.

That pool you were in Saturday? Full of cosmetics residue, sweat, bacteria and junk from your trunk.

The WQ&HC wants you to be aware that not showering before swimming is equivalent to recycling bath water. Which makes sense when you think about it. If it's 96 degrees outside, you're most likely sweaty and gummy; swamp butt may also be a factor. So that guy who just mowed his lawn, then walked directly to the pool and cannonballed into the deep end? He's a main ingredient in the filthy human gumbo that is a public pool.

"What about the chlorine?," you ask. "That chemical smell means the water's clean, right?" Wrong. That smell means the chlorine is reacting with a large amount of contaminants, creating chloramines; it is these chloramines that give off that distinctive swimming pool aroma. The more fragrant your pool, the more contaminated it is.

More chlorine can be added to right the imbalance, but the first line of defense -- and the best defense -- is a shower. The WQ&HC makes this abundantly clear with this statement (emphasis ours):
When swimmers shower away impurities (and focus on the perianal area) they help reduce the risk of waterborne illnesses, such as diarrhea, swimmer's ear and skin infections. Fecal matter, in particular, contains germs that may be ingested when swimmers swallow contaminated water. Chlorine and other swimming pool disinfectants help protect swimmers from waterborne germs, but germ destruction is not instantaneous.
In other words: If your taint ain't scoured, better hit the showers.

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This articles reinforces my thoughts on swimming pools, full of other people's cooties and what-not.


Add to that you're swimming in STDs

In 2009, black men accounted for 70% of the estimated new HIV infections among all blacks. The estimated rate of new HIV infection for black men was more than six and a half times as high as that of white men, and two and a half times as high as that of Latino men or black women.

In 2009, black men who have sex with men (MSM)1 represented an estimated 73% of new infections among all black men, and 37% among all MSM. More new HIV infections occurred among young black MSM (aged 13–29) than any other age and racial group of MSM. In addition, new HIV infections among young black MSM increased by 48% from 2006–2009.

In 2009, black women accounted for 30% of the estimated new HIV infections among all blacks. Most (85%) black women with HIV acquired HIV through heterosexual sex. The estimated rate of new HIV infections for black women was more than 15 times as high as the rate for white women, and more than three times as high as that of Latina women.

The STDs in concern are gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia. The break down goes as follows:

* The occurrence of gonorrhea in Blacks was 18 times higher than with Whites.

* The occurrence of syphilis in Blacks was roughly 6 times higher than with Whites.

* The occurrence of chlamydia in Blacks was 8 times higher than with Whites.

Although the CDC wasn't sure as to why the occurrences of these three STDs were always more prevalent, it was stated that it probably had a lot to do with Blacks engaging in more riskier sex, men on men sex, less preventative care (Pap Smears/Check ups) and the increase of more sensitive STD tests. These factors seem to affect Blacks more than Whites and are taken into consideration as the CDC determines how to lower the occurrence of STDs amongst them.

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Ghosts of WGNU

 And Frank Weltner/Earl Holt/Gordon Baum (or a wannabe) swings and misses again!!

Next time you want to post bud, do us all a favor - make sure you've got your sheet on...you're welcome


What the hell does this have to do with swimming pools?

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