Last Wednesday was World AIDS Day. The focus this year is on women and girls. That’s good, because almost half of all HIV-infected persons in the world are female. But if you are a woman concerned about HIV infection, I would suggest you avoid the UNAIDS program like the plague. Why? Because their advice just might kill you.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
As we know, there is no vaccine or drug that can stop AIDS. But there is one proven strategy. That approach, backed by the Bush administration, is known as “ABC.” A stands for Abstinence, B means Be faithful, and C refers to Condoms.
The ABC concept has been carried out in Uganda over the past 15 years. There, a massive public education campaign was mounted. Billboard signs admonished would-be adulterers, “No Grazing.” And religious organizations were tapped to play key roles (sorry about that, ACLU).
The results were impressive: the HIV infection rate in Uganda dropped from 15 percent to 5 percent. In 1991, 21 percent of pregnant women had the deadly HIV virus. Ten years later, that figure had dropped to 6 percent.
But the experts at UNAIDS don’t believe in the ABCs. Why? Because they had a strategy with a name that appealed to erotomaniacs everywhere: Safe Sex. The Safe Sex advocates argue that since sexual activity is a fact of life, the best we can offer is condoms.
But two years ago the truth began to emerge.
Speakers at the 2002 Barcelona AIDS conference began openly admitting the failure of the Safe Sex approach. The U.N. Population Division offered this dispiriting assessment: “Much effort has been spent on promoting the prophylactic use of condoms as part of AIDS prevention. However, over the years, the condom has not become more popular among couples.”
Why did Safe Sex fail? Well, knowing the condom failure rate is 15 percent, ask yourself this question: If an intimate partner of yours had AIDS, would you trust your life to a condom?
And why didn’t the U.N. embrace the proven ABC strategy? The answer: it’s a little too … puritanical. Abstinence is something a Bible-thumping preacher might push but not the respectable public-health types at the UNAIDS.
If the gospel of Safe Sex didn’t sell, why not try the orthodoxy of The Sisterhood?
So just last week the UNAIDS published its report, “Women and AIDS.” If you are interested in getting a glimpse into the radical feminist mindset, you will find it there. [www.unaids.org] You will learn how women are subject to discrimination, domestic violence, and all manner of mistreatment — at the hands of their male chauvinist oppressors, of course.
For example, the report tells us the amazing fact that “women and girls provide the bulk of home-based care” — but what has that to do with stopping AIDS? Feminists who believe all heterosexual intercourse is a form of rape will be heartened by the document’s sweeping claim that “Women and girls often lack the power to abstain from sex.”
And what if you are a woman looking for concrete suggestions on how to avoid becoming infected with the deadly HIV virus? Don’t go to UNAIDS, because you will find no practical advice.
If fact, you may become convinced that since women are so utterly powerless in the face of global patriarchy, any action to protect yourself would be futile.