Against Aids

   Against Aids, Abstinence and Faithfulness, Condom are a Failure.

   In the fight against Aids, the spanish writer Julián Marías gives an interesting opinion when he says that «the main cause of this disease is the lack of sex life rules, which have always existed and help the people to behave in a humane manner.» The virus of death has not been stopped and, according to the journal «Nature Medicine», Aids affects more than 33 million people worldwide.

   Daniel arap Moi, Kenyan president from 1978 to 2002, declared Aids a national disaster in november 1999, trying to fight Aids with acceptable moral values, while adding that it would be improper to encourage the use of condoms. By the year 2000, at least 760,000 Kenyans have died of the disease, 2 million out of 30 million Kenyans were infected with HIV, infection rates doubled every month, and 500 deaths were occurring daily.

   In 2001, Daniel arap Moi demanded the death penalty for people who knowingly infect others with HIV/Aids, to deter men from passing the disease to young women, more vulnerable partly because older men use their dominant social status to pressure them into sexual intercourse.

   Niger is other country where a campaign against Aids was launched, emphasizing on marital fidelity. Also in Guatemala, the National Aids Programme warned that the «epidemic of the century» has become a disease affecting primarily heterosexual males, and that, therefore, the only truly effective means of prevention is marital faithfulness.

   In the US, the New Jersey Senate passed the AIDS Prevention Act of 1992 to require that sex education courses in New Jersey schools teach students that abstaining from sex is the best way to prevent Aids, other sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.

   Gary L. Bauer, president of the Family Research Council in New York, asserts that “the programs promoting abstinence mean that we have faith in the young, while the contraceptive programs mean that we expect the worst. The abstinence programs did require investment of time and energy, while the contraceptives did promise a quick technological solution”.

   In 1999, China’s government banned advertising of condoms after the broadcast of a TV commercial about Aids. «According to the Law on Advertising, sex-related products are not allowed in any propaganda,» said the advertising department of the Administration of Commerce and Industry.

   Back in 1988, the World Summit of Ministers of Health held in London warned that the actions for the prevention of Aids must respect “human and spiritual values” and protect «human rights and dignity.»

   Clemente Ferrer

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