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South Africa Leads In Rape Of Women

Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa was on trial for rape and during the trial his supporters marched outside chanting, “burn the bitch, burn the bitch,” referring to the woman who made the accusation. During the trial when Zuma was asked if he worried about HIV replied it was no problem because he took a shower after sex. It is no wonder in such a society one out of four men of South Africa confess to having raped a woman. Most began raping while in their teens and one in twenty admitted to having raped during the past year. According to Professor Rachel Jewkes of the Medical Research Council, “We have a very, very high prevalence of rape in South Africa. I think it is down to ideas about masculinity based on gender hierarchy and sexual entitlement of men.”

The women who are raped are being violated by men who have a high rate of HIV positive and who don’t think anything about raping women to satisfy their sexual desires. Perhaps, step one in South Africa is electing a president who does not shower after sexual encounters with women, but focuses on HIV prevention.

Tale Of Gay Horror And HIV

A Dutch court heard a horrible tale of how three men organized gay parties during which victims were raped and injected with the HIV virus. The men invited people they had met through Internet exchanges to a party at which raped the victims and while they were unconscious infected them with the virus. Several of the victims did not initially know they had been infected and proceeded to infect other loved ones. One witness, named Erwin, commented, “one must have incredible hatred” to do this to other people. One of the accused claimed a man named Mulder, who is a nurse, was the one who drugged the drinks of victims and then administered the HIV injections.

The Dutch men were themselves infected with HIV but they even went further to ensure their victims got the disease by the use of an injection. The men who committed this heinous act do not appear to have any remorse. They will undoubtedly go to jail for anywhere from eight to fifteen years, but the victims are sentenced to life with HIV.

HIV Devastating Swaziland

A new United Nations report by the UN Development Program(UBDP) reveals a growing disaster in the African nation of Swaziland which has been impacted by a 40% infection rate for the entire population. Swaziland is governed by King Mswati III who has thirteen wives and undoubtedly sets an example of sexual behavior. The UN report blames the rampant HIV-Aids problem on promiscuity, polygamy, multiple sexual partners, and extramarital relations. “If one sexual partner in such sexual networks is HIV positive and sex is unprotected the practice becomes an important dirver of the pandemic.”

Hopefully, once the Bush adminstration is removed in America, more money can be allocated to birth control efforts which include extensive use of condoms in order to ensure safe sex. It is doubtful in the short run if cultural practices such as polylgamy can be curbed, but the presence of a safe sex campaign can assist in dealing with the problem.

HIV Now Impacts Over 33 Million People

A UN r eport issued yesterday said an estimated 33.2 million people in the world are infected by the HIV disease as of December, 2007. However, the UN report believes “the annual rate of new HIV infections appears to have decreased over the last decade.” The report believes there is increasing evidence “progress in containing the HIV epidemic is now being seen in nearly all regions of the world” which it attributes to heavy investment in new drugs and treatment programs. In 2007, about 2.5 million people were newly infected which is down from 3.2 million n 1998 and the annual rate of AIDS deaths has declined from 3.9 m ilion in 2001 to 2.1 million in 2007.

There is no doubt progress is being made in combating the debilitating effects of HIV in the world. But, there is much more needed in the way of low cost drugs for people in low income nations and preventive care to ensure people do not get infected. The disastrous Bush policy of refusing to support condom use programs is illustrative of how ignorance and bigotry lead to the deaths of millions of people.

AIDS On Rise In China

China is experiencing a dramatic rise in its rate of AIDS with figures rising on a continual basis. In 1998, the rate of infections among drug users was 1.95% but it rose to 7.5% in 2006. it is estimated the rate of infections among homosexuals ranges anywhere from 1% to 4%, and the upper range is most probably a conservative estimate. The ineffectiveness in China of combating the disease undoubtedly stems from inadequate eduction, failure to communicate information, and insufficient health care facilities in rural regions of the nation. The collapse of old fashioned Mao tse-tung communism in China has impacted health care in rural areas more than urban.

UN Envoy To Africa Blasts South African HIV/Aids Policies

Stephen Lewis, the UN special envoy to Africa, told the International Aids Conference in Toronto the South African government is expounding HIV/Aids theories “more worthy of a lunatic fringe than a concerned and compassionate state.” President Mbeki of South Africa is well known for his unorthodox views which claim Aids is a western world attack on Africa that can be combated by natural remedies. Lewis noted between 600-800 people die daily from these diseases, and he decried the arrest of members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) who were protesting the bizarre ideas of South Africa’s Minister of Health, Mano Tshabalala-Msimag. She believes all problems related to HIV/Aids can be cured by having people adopt the right nutrition program.

The president of South Africa has fired any minister of Health who advocates known successful methods of dealing with HICV/Aids. He plays along with ideas of abstinence although Stephen Lewis pointed out “abstinence only programs do not work.” The tragedy for any HIV/Aids program in South Africa is the government, not public support for the effort. Hopefully, with the end of his current term, a new president might actually listen to scientific evidence rather than spout rhetoric of natural remedies.