Friday, 14 June 2013


Not too long ago I watched an interesting documentary about the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the efforts being made by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), and Western governments to influence African leaders to come round to their way of thinking with regards to combating HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Their strategies include:
- legalizing gay lifestyles
- legalizing prostitution
- encouraging graphic sex education in schools.

There doesn't seem to be any logic to this, considering the fact that according to the United States Centre for Disease Control:

- 2% of the US population are gay men
- 60% of new HIV cases are in this population
- they are 40 times more likely to contract HIV than the general population.

There is also a lot of emphasis on the use of condoms and less emphasis on abstinence and faithfulness to one's partner.

They seem to be ignoring the fact that countries such as Uganda and Ethiopia have managed to cut the rates of new infections by doing the exact opposite. These two countries have a three-pronged approach known as ABC.

- Abstinence
- Be faithful to your partner
- Condoms

Using this approach Uganda has managed to cut down HIV prevalence rates from 15% in 1990 to 5% in 2007, a huge leap! This is a country that had one of the highest prevalence rates in Africa.

Compare that to Botswana who have opted for condoms as their major tool in fighting HIV spread. In 1990 prevalence rates were 3%, in 1992 they were 10% and in 2011 a whopping 24%! Do the Math! Botswana now has the highest prevalence rates next to South Africa.

One of the major reasons for this is that people forget that condoms are not 100% fail-safe and as a result, indulge in high-risk lifestyles.

You are more likely to survive a car crash if you have a seat belt on, but if you then decide to drink-drive and be reckless, the seat belt doesn't guarantee that you'll make it out of a crash alive every time.

Above all Western governments seem to be disregarding the roles that religion and culture have in Africa, and that the gay lifestyle goes contrary to these.

Available statistics show that the gay agenda seems to be diametrically opposed to curbing HIV/AIDS, so why is the West pushing it down our throats?

There seems to be more to this than meets the eye, also coupled with the threats of withholding financial aid from countries who refuse to toe the line.

I just pray African leaders and other developing parts of the world would stand their ground and reject this erosion of  our society.

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