AIDS is a cultural as well as medical crisis. These days were most reluctant to "impose" our views on others. But the fact is that combating AIDS effectively will require a change of behavior by some individuals.
AIDS is first and foremost a cultural crisis. Yes, it is true that in Africa AIDS is spread more by hetero contact. That is because promiscuous heteros provide the HIV organism the best opportunity to replicate and spread.
Cultural mores are such that many African wives cannot conceive of saying 'no' to her husband even if she knows that he's been unfaithful and likely to be HIV +. Then there's the spectacle of the superstition that raping a virgin will cleanse an infected man of the virus, resulting in female INFANTS being raped and infected.
In the West, it is male homosexuals who are the most promiscuous, thus providing the organism the best host population. Amongst our cultural mores that mitigate against AIDS containment:
- misplaced 'compassion' for those infected impels us to provide medicine prolonging the life of those who are infected. These then allow them to infect more people.
- misplaced concern for the infected's rights mitigating against quarantine.
If it were not for certain behaviors, AIDS would have died out where it originated with its original hosts. If AIDS is cured and the causal behavior persists, a new disease will emerge to exploit the opportunity.
This notion of being reluctant to 'impose values' is absurd. It assumes that WE are the ones who make the rules. We don't. Those rules are made by a higher authority which [or whom] cannot be tricked, cajoled, intimidated etc.
We humans are no less subject to the Nature's Laws than any other living thing. Our culture is the means by which we define ourselves and demonstrate our worthiness to be here. If we have a culture that is infected by 'values' that mitigate against survival, we will perish and won't be missed... period.
posted on 12/02/2003 2:40:34 PM PST
(Dogmatism swings both ways)
To: walford; mikeb704
Yes, it is true that in Africa AIDS is spread more by hetero contact.
Actually that's not true.
From Anal Sex Largest Cause of HIV in Africa
TUEBINGEN, June 16, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A study by researchers at the University of Tuebingen in Germany has found that anal sex, both homosexual and heterosexual, is the second largest cause of HIV transmission in Africa. Transmission in medical settings, such as through dirty needles, is listed as the primary cause, says the study published in the current edition of The Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Aids.
In a finding which has HIV/AIDS activists on edge, the researchers, say vaginal transmission of HIV is a very distant third compared to medical transmission and transmission through anal sex.
The report's author Dr. Stuart Brody, of the Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioural Neurobiology, said people in Africa need to be told that anal sex poses a greater risk of transmitting the Aids virus.
Also of interest:
African Women and AIDS
African sexual health programmes "misguided"
posted on 12/02/2003 4:27:46 PM PST
(Thousands have left the homosexual lifestyle)
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