2006/01/31

Faith-based AIDS Prevention

Not content with simply telling horny American teens to save it for marriage, the Bush administration is taking their abstinence show on the road. Yes indeed, community and church organizations are now competing for a share of the US's $15B AIDS prevention program.

Unfortunately, it seems that organizations like Samaritan's Purse (run by Billy Graham's son Franklin), World Vision, and Catholic Relief Services don't have a lot of experience in dealing with the reality of HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa. Refusing to distribute condoms or to work with prostitutes, while at the same time promoting abstinence and fidelity, is putting a crimp in the US program's effectiveness.

But, no matter. With a congressional mandate that 1/3 of all money be targeted toward abstinence and fidelity and pressure from groups like Focus on the Family to halt any outlay that emphasizes prevention through safe sex, prayer may become the only remaining bulwark against the spread of HIV. And then we'll really get our money's worth from a faith-based AIDS prevention program.

11 Comments:

This is an outrage! The people who told us that AIDS was a "scourge from God" are now running the programs to prevent it?! How does this make sense?

Come on! The Catholics telling people about abstinence (I guess it doesn't count if you're fucking little boys), and fidelity (never been married) is just bizarre.

Why not just ship the Africans a CARE package of crystal meth & porn? Same end result people.
"Refusing to distribute condoms or to work with prostitutes, while at the same time promoting abstinence and fidelity, is putting a crimp in the US program's effectiveness."

Gee, ya think?
Faith-Based Initiatives... another proud contributor to the fleecing of America.
You know what, this makes me so angry I can't even comment.

And I think it's unconstitutional.

Ok, I did comment on it.
Doesn't abstinence make the heart grow fonder? Still, it won't stop the HIV from passing by needle.
How misguided are these people? They lead by faith rather than fact. And that, my friends, is the very way that the Talliban ruled Afganistan.
Doesn't abstinence make the heart grow fonder? Still, it won't stop the HIV from passing by needle.

Right you are.

Though unless I'm greathly mistaken the most common vector in sub-Saharan Africa is still passage from husband to wife through heterosexual sex.

Stacy, unconstitutional? Probably not. Private NGO's are used all the time for grant-based distributions, but reprehensible...you betcha!
Just another crusade from our wonderful leader. I instead offer my praise to The Flying Spaghetti Monster
I don't know what the 'ell kind of logic one uses to equate acknowledging that something exists with supporting it. I just don't get some people.
I was infected with HIV in an era where science was eschewed in favor of intolerance (this was Bush 1) and it seems like the situation isn't much different today.
So long as this is the strategy, teen (like i was) will continue to get infected.
and don't get me started about Africa.........
I was infected with HIV in an era where science was eschewed in favor of intolerance (this was Bush 1) and it seems like the situation isn't much different today.

Though... I marvel at how we're far we've come in our understanding of HIV, to the point where we're able to combat it effectively, both from a medical and a social perspective. A very dear friend of mine discovered he was HIV+ in 2000, and has been doing very well, no thanks to Bu$hCo and their habit of punishing the Left Coast for it's views.

If only the the current administration would put 25 years of solid research about transmission patterns to good use in Africa rather than pushing a moral agenda that won't slow the spread of infection one wit.
There is one proven way to not get aids.
-use sterile needles
-Get tested with partner prior to sexual encounters.
-Remain faithful to yourself and partner.

The use of condoms only creates more sex. Have you heard the saying "Once you pop you cant stop"? What happens after someone decides they want sex and dont have a condom handy because someone taught them "sex was ok" just use a condom? Or they have been told to use them and become a rape victom to someone who didnt use one?
abstinence is the best way. However, it just is not possible. And to all those Bush bashers 50% of pepfar goes to medicals. Only 20% go to abstinence based teaching, through arts and other methods to keep sex off the mind. 15billion is going to other countries, true. But 21billion is the write up for USA grants.
If you know of anybody who wants to learn more or recieve grants, push them to the website. Instead of bashing what is actually being done, get up and do something about it.
www.pepfarnpi.gov

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