aids pandemic.jpgA June 8 article in The Independent is refreshingly politically incorrectly honest. A few good points from it:
1. The strategy by homosexuals and liberals to portray HIV/AIDS as an affliction on the general population has been proven wrong.
2. Abstinence and fidelity teaching prevent HIV/AIDS, a disease mostly of those engaging in high risk sexual behavior.
3. Circumcision works….

On the latter point, I was coincidentally reading Acts 7:8 earlier (“Then he [God] gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision. And Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him eight days after his birth.”) and thinking to myself that the anti-circumcision culture would ultimately be proven wrong in ways I do not know, just because I know God is always right. And then I read the aforementioned article:

Threat of world Aids pandemic among heterosexuals is over, report admits
A quarter of a century after the outbreak of Aids, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has accepted that the threat of a global heterosexual pandemic has disappeared.
In the first official admission that the universal prevention strategy promoted by the major Aids organisations may have been misdirected, Kevin de Cock, the head of the WHO’s department of HIV/Aids said there will be no generalised epidemic of Aids in the heterosexual population outside Africa….

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Whereas once it was seen as a risk to populations everywhere, it was now recognised that, outside sub-Saharan Africa, it was confined to high-risk groups including men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, and sex workers and their clients.
Aids still kills more adults than all wars and conflicts combined, and is vastly bigger than current efforts to address it….
Aids organisations, including the WHO, UN Aids and the Global Fund, have come under attack for inflating estimates of the number of people infected, diverting funds from other health needs such as malaria, spending it on the wrong measures such as abstinence programmes rather than condoms, and failing to build up health systems.
Dr De Cock labelled these the “four malignant arguments” undermining support for the global campaign against Aids….
Critics of the global Aids strategy complain that vast sums are being spent educating people about the disease who are not at risk, when a far bigger impact could be achieved by targeting high-risk groups and focusing on interventions known to work, such as circumcision, which cuts the risk of infection by 60 per cent, and reducing the number of sexual partners….
One of the danger areas for the Aids strategy was among men who had sex with men. He said: ” We face a bit of a crisis [in this area]. In the industrialised world transmission of HIV among men who have sex with men is not declining and in some places has increased.
In the developing world, it has been neglected.It is astonishing how badly we have done with men who have sex with men.…”
The biggest puzzle was what had caused heterosexual spread of the disease in sub-Saharan Africa – with infection rates exceeding 40 per cent of adults in Swaziland, the worst-affected country – but nowhere else.
“It is the question we are asked most often – why is the situation so bad in sub-Saharan Africa? It is a combination of factors – more commercial sex workers, more ulcerative sexually transmitted diseases, a young population and concurrent sexual partnerships.”…
Low rates of circumcision, which is protective, and high rates of genital herpes, which causes ulcers on the genitals through which the virus can enter the body, also contributed to Africa’s heterosexual epidemic….
“The impact of HIV is so heterogeneous. In the US , the rate of infection among men in Washington DC is well over 100 times higher than in North Dakota, the region with the lowest rate. That is in one country. How do you explain such differences?”

Oh, come on. After making such great points, he closes with that? Compare the rates of homosexuality, needle use, and sex trafficking between DC and ND.
[HT: NoRoomForContraception; link to UNESCO lesson plan here]

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