Why does HIV/AIDS strike more women than men globally? Why is
sub-Saharan Africa the home of the world’s largest heterosexual HIV/Aids
epidemic? Why does Thailand have an HIV infection rate of over
one-in-100 adults, while Japan’s rate is 0.01 per cent and the
Philippines’ 0.02 per cent? One answer to these questions can be found
in an article published this week by the Population Research Institute
deeply implicating hormonal contraception in the AIDS epidemic.
If the family is the basic unit of society, and if South Africa
President Jacob Zuma’s family is any kind of model, prospects of his
country finding its way out of disease and chaos seem slight. President
Zuma has just concluded a “traditional” (African customary) wedding
with his third concurrent wife.
Some years ago I saw a cartoon whose subject becomes more real by theday. It showed a Brave-New-Wold nursery in which newborns were beinginstructed via a loudspeaker: “Today you will be going home, but beforeyou go, here is your first sex education lesson...” I was reminded ofit by a Fox News report of a new universal sex-ed curriculum fromUNESCO.