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"Black women are an endangered species"- AIDS and Black Women

By now you should have heard about the report that one out of two people with AIDS in this country are Black. Well that sounds about right because one out of two people murdered in this country are also Black.

AIDS is the leading cause of death among black women between 25 and 34, and the second-leading cause of death in black men from 35 to 44, according to a report released Tuesday. CNN.com
You can have all of the AIDS prevention awareness programming you want, but what we are fighting here is as much a disease of the mind as one of the body.

"For a lot of young black women, what's putting them at risk is emotion," the 29-year-old iReporter said. "Young women are going to men for security -- you're talking about a fatherless home and a girl looking for approval. That's the kind of thing that puts them at risk." CNN.com

I was horrified and EMBARRASSED sitting in Atlanta's airport at 5:45 in the morning waiting to catch a flight. I was finally forced to watch Soledad O'Brien's "Black PROBLEMS in America" I saw the vignette of the single Black woman who does not use condoms despite the fact that she thinks her "man" is cheating on here. I think every Black person in the boarding areas had their mouth open. One brother looked downright indignant.

I have no solutions to offer on this one, but I doubt that that single Black mother on Soledad's "Black PROBLEMS in America" is likely to change her mind. For some women being without a man, any man is a fate worse than death and it appears that that mentality is costing Black women their lives.

Reader Comments (40)

Many years ago I worked for an AIDS Project. The writing was on the wall back then in regards to Black Women and their denial about this disease. This was back in the late 80's early 90's.

It will take a complete mind shift that will need the support of churches, schools and other community services. Unfortunately, Black women are so undervalued...by By Black women that we are silent and duplicitous in our own demise.

This AIDS pandemic in our communities has far reaching effects...the foster care system, over-burden grandparents, the school systems that are not equiped to handle children who have lost parents. If only we could get Ballers and Shoot callers and all thiese ridiculously sad Gangsta Rappers to raise their voice in this fight. (sigh)

Thanks for raising the awareness. DO MORE!

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLovebabz

Thank you for this blog. I just emailed the link to every female (single and married) on my contact list.

I know too many family members and friends who don't trust their partners any farther than they can throw them and yet they have unprotected sex with them. Some of them are well-educated (which really doesn't mean jack-squat because one does not need a degree to possess a modicum of common sense) and they are successful but still lack in self-esteem when it comes to the men they date.

Ladies, my male Pastor always says that women have to be smarter than men in this day and age and that is so true.

Personally I don't agree with pre-marital sex but Lord knows I am not here to pass judgement. I have slipped up a number of times but thankfully I made sure it was protected.

We are worth so much more than what we think ladies! It's time we started acting like it!

God bless you all!

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

I have a solution. Just don't have sex until you are MARRIED! And if you suspect your man is cheating on you, dump his behind - married or not!

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterblog

Just to add to what I wrote earlier, we black women need to raise our standards. If we're Christians, we need to believe that yes, we do have the strength IN CHRIST to avoid sex until marriage!

Since the sexual revolution of the 60's, sex has become free of mind and body, and now it's considered insane to teach abstinence/celibacy as if it were no longer possible.

Thus we have lowered standards, women and men sleeping whenever they get the feeling, and now we're wondering why we're in the mess that we're in now! Even some pastors are afraid to preach sexual fidelity within a marriage between a man and a woman for fear they're stepping on someone's toes! We need sound preaching, teaching, and living folks!

And yes, we CAN do it and right now, we MUST do it otherwise we are just killing ourselves!

Most of our social ills are centered around loose sex. Babies out of wedlock, poverty, broken marriages, the AIDS/STDs that's talked about here and the list goes on. Why? Because we no longer practice sexual restraint.

Think about it!

And fellas? The same tired line I hear from men as a single woman practicing celibacy is that "they got to try it first". And that's even from church going brothers! We need godly men and women if we're going to make this thing work at all!

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterblog

It saddens me to know that these statistics are very real. I offer no solution as well. But the statistics point to the fact that in spite of how well black woman are doing financially; emotionally we are suffering from a spiritual black hole of low-self-esteem and self-worth.

It seems like our brothers are so angry at us that now they are killing us with the yerm.

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGet Togetha

Realize that practically every study of sexual behavior concludes that there are no significant differences between blacks and whites with regard to safe sex practices and there has been no sufficient evidence to suggest that behavior is the reason for the wide disparities between blacks and whites in HIV infections. On the other hand, recent research has shown a genetic link:

http://www.motherjones.com/blue_marble_blog/archives/2008/07/9020_africa-dna-hiv-aids.html

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=91093

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShadow

Young women over estimating young men is not just a black problem.

98% of the fallibility young women see in themselves also appears in young men. I think some education is in order you your girls and boys to understand that romance does not cure all.

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMattYoung

But the statistics point to the fact that in spite of how well black woman are doing financially; emotionally we are suffering from a spiritual black hole of low-self-esteem and self-worth.

Actually, various studies have shown that black people have higher self-esteem than any other racial group and that black women have higher self-esteem than the women of every other racial group. White women are 3 times for likely than black women to commit suicide.

This despite the fact that black women generally fall below white and Asian women financially and educationally.

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShadow

Stuff said,
"Abstinence only" is fine in theory, but has proven to be an unlikely reality."

The example Stuff gave is for government funded "abstinence only to marriage programs" (Bush's). Of course these will be unlikely realities, and why? Because you can't teach abstinence without a biblical foundation. And you can't teach biblical principles using government money (without potential suits by ACLU and the like)! Trying to teach someone something as difficult as abstaining from sex without a reason why (because God says so) IS an absolute exercise in futility. Abstinence has to be taught in the home and church because these are the best places to teach about God and His principles for our lives.

In spite of all the education in schools, government office, planned parenthood and etc. on condoms, STD and AIDs statistics are still growing. It's not going to be condoms that will save the sexual ills, but again abstinence from sex period.

It is a reality if the government can stay out of it!

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterblog

There are a lot of self denial going on in the black community in regards to the state of black female and male relationships. I see it all the thime because most of the people I work with our black women in that age range 25-34. Our young women have now trying to play the what's good for the goose is good for the gander. These young women are trying to raise children alone, drive nice cars, get their hair/nails every week and wear nice clothes(all all one salary). A lot of them have the attitude of 'a long as he's doing something for me' ie pay a bill, give a little money. They don't care what or who else he is doing. The strong independent black woman myth has damaged a lot of all young women.

Let me put it bluntly, black folks have thrown commitment out the window. All we see each other as a sex toy or a wallet.

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Issues

The solution to the aids epidemic is to ALWAYS WEAR A CONDOM!!!!

Even if you are married ALWAYS USE A CONDOM.!!!

My aunt died of aids and she was married, she got aids through her husband. This proves that even if you are married you should still use a condom, because at any given time your partner could be cheating on you.

The only time a condom should not be used is if your planning to have a child and both you and your partner go to the doctor and have a full check up 1st.

ALWAYS USE A CONDOM, THEY ONLY COST UNDER $10.00 FOR A PACK OF 12 AND UNDER $4.00 FOR A PACK OF 3.

ALWAYS USE A CONDOM, I REPEAT ALWAYS USE A CONDOM. I WILL REPEAT AGAIN ALWAYS USE A CONDOM.

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEbony Intuition

I am an OBGYN and it breaks my heart to see what is going on out here. Black women have been lying to themselves for too darn long and it needs to stop now!
We all want and need love. We need to admit this now! After we admit it, we need to learn that we are valuable regardless of whether we "have a man" or not. Do we want to live? Do we want to be around to see what God has for our lives, our future? If the answer is yes, then we need to stop the mess and take care of ourselves. Do not give yourself to anyone who does not love you enough to marry you and be faithful.

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNWO

There won't be a change in behavior without an examination of a person's motivations. If you decide that partnering with anyone is better than being alone, you will likely lower your standards and attract a less than desirable person. If you know the guy you're with has kids with other women and think you will change him you are fooling yourself. We all make mistakes and we're only human but this is serious!! I don't personally know anyone that fits these statistics but I will definitely do my best to make sure I don't.

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFaith

As always we're preaching to the choir...but as a race of people...we need to not only teach our females about unprotective sex...but our males too. Too often we're telling our daughters to keep your legs closed while we're telling our sons to sow their wild oats. We need to stop spoiling our sons and start raising them to be RESPONSIBLE MEN...especially since the AIDS virus is spreading like wildfire in our communities due to them. And I won't even go there about if more black men were involved in their daughter's lives...black girls wouldn't be looking to immature, nonaccountable black boys for love or thinking that a piece of a man is better than no man!

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYasmin

This issue of Black Women and HIV/AIDS is nothing new. I have worked with people with AIDS for almost 30 years. Black women were being infected since the beginning opf the epidemic. As early as 1986 the CDC's (Center for Disease Control) "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report analyzed AIDS cases abd found that the infection rate of blacks and Hispanics were 3 times that of whites. If you go to: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/aids/cron/, it will give you the time line of this disease. I recommend that anyone who reads this blog do that. AIDS is not just a medical condition, it is an emotional, financial, racial and spiritual disease. And lets not talk about how long it took social security to recognize that women were affected by HIV differently than men. Because of this there are black women who have died of certian types of cancers that were AIDS related but never knew it.

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEwanda

"And fellas? The same tired line I hear from men as a single woman practicing celibacy is that "they got to try it first"."

Maybe I'm too old, but why, oh why, would anybody in their right natural mind fall for a line like that?

What has happened?

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWanda

Great post! I don't know why more of us don't embrace the idea of going through an extended grace period. I remember about 4 years ago, I met a retired fireman in Boston, and I told him I had not dated anyone in six years, and he really got ignorant on me, including flat out telling me I was lying. LOL. He stopped calling after I revealed this factoid.

He could not fathom the fact that people DO make decisions to abstain from physical relationships. There is nothing wrong with waiting. I try to encourage this with young single parents, every chance I get.

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter2Unruly

"Black women are an endangered species" - Uh huh...Just like Black men were an "endangered species" back in the '90's, none of whom were supposed to live past the age of 25.

If we believed the stats then, there should be no Black men left in America. Obviously, they are not extinct, and neither are or will we be.

AIDS is a problem worldwide, most definitely, but more Black women (and women in general) die from heart disease and complications of diabetes than AIDS. Think of the majority of your own families and you know what I say is true. Auntie "runs sugar" (read diabetes), not AIDS. That's much rarer. Plus, how can there be an overpopulation problem in Africa and be an endangered species at the same time? Not buying it.

HIV/AIDS is a big money maker, and their awareness campaigns have been given BILLIONS while other diseases have been given only a few million or less.

According to new reports on the Data on Official Development Assistance for Health:

* $100 million went to nutrition last year
* $200 million went to Family Planning (condoms, contraceptives, etc.)
* $4.75 BILLION went to HIV

Historically, mass hysteria and scapegoating has been used to raise funds for medical causes. Although polio was actually a very uncommon disease compared to almost all other diseases that killed or maimed Americans in much larger numbers (i.e. influenza, etc.), the March of Dimes in the 30s, 40s & 50s effectively used amazing propaganda campaigns and excellent fundraising strategies to place Polio at the forefront of the American psyche.

Is HIV/AIDS real? I don't doubt it for a minute. Is it the huge problem of Black women that it's being mass marketed to be? I seriously doubt it.

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlena

Thanks Lena for bringing it all back full circle with some perspective, however, you didn't address the age of the women involved. Not to say our older relatives are less important, but when women who are likely to have young children are dying from a preventable disease I think that there are some different social implications.

Althought heart disease and diabetes are killing more Black women, what age groups are dying from those diseases.

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterg-e-m2001

OK, Gina, I didn't think about the age..good point. Just about the only thing a 25 - 34 year old would die of would be either an STD or an accident, true, true. The other diseases like cancer, heart disease, or diabetes - although becoming much more common in younger people (cholesterol drugs were just approved for children as young as 8-years old!) - are not likely to be common causes of death at this age.

Point taken.

But still, I'm most definitely in the 25 - 34 year age range and don't have HIV/AIDS and neither do the women in my circle (unless they haven't been telling me something, which is unlikely).

But I definitely concede the point on age.

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlena

And one final point...

"I was horrified and EMBARRASSED"

I think that's the only reason for CNN and all the rest of these organizations to put out these shows and statistics...to thoroughly embarrass Black women with unfounded data and make us look like the shame of the world.

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlena

blog said: "And fellas? The same tired line I hear from men as a single woman practicing celibacy is that "they got to try it first"."

wanda said: "Maybe I'm too old, but why, oh why, would anybody in their right natural mind fall for a line like that?"

Wanda, the scary thing about that, is that man who told me that is in his 50s, has a PhD, a millionaire and an educator. This line must have worked for him before to use it on me! (I'm in my 50s too).

And no, I didn't fall for it! lol!

Celibacy for many men is an instant turnoff, which lets you know their intentions right off the bat. Those who are looking for meaningful relationships will get to know you, and some may even participate in the celibacy thing, just out of respect for you. Those are the gents and there are some out there.

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterblog

Wanda and blog,

You mean to tell me that men are only interested in women for sex??? GASP!

BWAHAHAHA!!!

I am mad a 50 year old man is still kicking game like that.

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterg-e-m2001

Hey gem, I'm mad that women are giving 50dollar what he wants so he can KEEP giving those tired old lines!

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterblog

Celibacy for many men is an instant turnoff, which lets you know their intentions right off the bat. Those who are looking for meaningful relationships will get to know you, and some may even participate in the celibacy thing, just out of respect for you. Those are the gents and there are some out there.

Lets alter this statement and see if it has the same accuracy.

Frugality for many women is an instant turnoff, which lets you know their intentions right off the bat. Those who are looking for meaningful relationships will get to know you, and some may even participate in the frugality thing, just out of respect for you. Those are the ladies and there are some out there.

Also on an related note. From my observations, I suspect that non-celibate women have less respect for a man's celibacy than sexually active men have for a woman's celibacy. I have never observed a celibate woman being rumored to be gay because of her celibacy. I don't know how many times I have heard both men and women question A.C. Greens sexual orientation because of his past celibacy (until his recent marriage). Men are not supposed to turn down sex and women react far more harshly to being turned down than the reverse. It's just that men turn down sex very rarely.

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShadow

Thanks for posting on this important subject.

While I don't doubt at all the idea that much of this is about women's emotions, I also think that some of it is about male deception. Besides the needle, many black women are being infected by so-called "down-low" men who have unprotected sex with men and then go home or to their girlfriend's house and have unprotected sex with a woman-- and sometimes with several women. True, some suspected something, but they didn't know for sure. I wrote an article about it for a black newspaper here in Minneapolis called The Spokesmen. It was called "Down Low or Just Low Down." Women e-mailed me, saying they liked it, but men e-mailed me and said I shouldn't trust CDC statistics because they're white and racist. Right.

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMacDaddy

Actually, the CDC's HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report of 2005 states that cumulatively through 2003, only three percent of AIDS cases among black women were traced to sexual contact with a bisexual male, compared to four percent of white women.

http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/PUBLICATIONS/frtp/youngaawomen.htm

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShadow

Shadow: Thanks but this wasn't a report. It was a study, and it was later than 2003, 2006, I believe. If you like, you can access the article from the Minneapolis Spokesman Recorder. My name is Mac Walton. The study talked about black women becoming HIV positive at a faster rate than any other group. One more thing: the labeling of the men as bi-sexual or gay was a problem. Many down-low men didn't consider themselves to be gay or even bi-sexual. But viewed in terms of their behavior, the rate was high. Thanks.

August 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMacDaddy

i hate to say it

i don't trust the numbers...

i just don't.

i am NOT saying that we shouldn't be careful about who we sleep with .. we should also practice safe sex (i am sorry, i am married man, i am NOT wearing a condom with my wife... I am faithful and proud of it)

personally, i think it promotes a stereotype that we are hyper sexual animals.

August 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrother OMi

btw i abstained for close to a year, and i am no Christian

CHristians do not have a monopoly on morality just like white folks don't have a monopoly on morality and personal responsibility.

August 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrother OMi

Shadow, I loved the way you made your point about frugality! Sadly, women aren't just looking for men with jobs, but men with the deep, deep pockets! And they won't give a fella a day in time if they don't have it! Instant snubbery! So I do feel for the fellas because the golddiggers are increasing rapidly! But like you said, there are ladies who do appreciate the frugal! Just depends where the guys are going to look for these ladies!

Bro Omni, I don't think anyone here said Christians have a monopoly on celibacy. I did make a point though that those who call themselves Christians have to live up to the standard that's expected of us - NO SEX outside of marriage! And since most of the black population calls themselves CHRISTIAN, that means MOST of us should be living likewise.

The sad reality is that you can't tell many Christians from non-Christians by their lifestyles. There's no excuse for the Christian, if you think just by saying, "God forgives me" that won't work. Because one day the Lord will look at the person and say "get away from me, you who worked iniquity. I NEVER knew you!" In other words, there are some phonies who are in grave spiritual danger by pretending to be Christian when they aren't.

No monopoly, just the truth.

MacDaddy Geesh, what's a woman to do? Not only have premarital STD testing, but STD testing throughout her marriage? Just don't know about some of these men! I have two beautiful 20smthn daughters who are both virgins and they would hate to throw it all away marrying some guy who infects them with HIV!

Test, Test Test!

August 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterblog

"Besides the needle, many black women are being infected by so-called "down-low" men who have unprotected sex with men and then go home or to their girlfriend's house and have unprotected sex with a woman-- and sometimes with several women."
___________________________________

Thank you macdaddy for reporting about a subject that most want to deny.

August 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Pinky

"Abstinence only" is fine in theory, but has proven to be an unlikely reality.

Dumb and dumber. This seems to be what happens to our community over time. Abstinence only comes from a larger perspective of, "No Sex Outside of Marriage". Marry someone and sleep with that person. There was meant to be safety "within" that union. I get sick of us "poo pooing" that notion. So many of the problems in our community seem to come from our lack of committment to that principle.

There are some young women waiting until marriage. Plenty aren't. But, you know, some are. Let's start supporting them. I actually know a couple of young men that decided to wait also. One who said he got support from his friends to wait. The other made to feel like a miserable wretch.

We've got to start encouraging and supporting what will work best for our community in the long term. The only security condoms and sex outside of marriage has gotten us is a guarantee of children without fathers, sons and daughters who are young and dying with aids, single women below the poverty line, and more grandparents taking care of grandchildren.

I read a study that showed a high percentage of couples used condoms incorrectly.

Dumb and dumber. It ain't working for us.

August 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYme

Blog & Shadow - You need to check your attitude in generalizing women as golddiggers. What you put out [negativity] will come back to you in attracting less than desirable people. Are you trying to jump into bed with every beauty queen you come into contact with and expect someone to like you for your mind? How about taking the time to be friends first. And another thing: too many men don't want to or know how to lead in a relationship without being overbearing or deploying double standards or not being respectful. And there should be a spiritual component as well. I have no doubt you would be surrounded by enough women of character with appropriate expectations who would share their love IF you provided the same.

August 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFaith

yme, you said to stuff's remark about abstinence being an unlikely reality, "Dumb and dumber."

Right on it! Excellent comments you made! In fact not only the black community, but the entire American culture is about dumbing down sexual expectations. Just go on my blog and it'll direct you to a new planned parenthood video that's being shown to our kids. It teaches them how to shower with another, how to have oral sex, and etc. Why is it doing that? Because they have given up on teaching kids to abstain from sex at all. Dumbing down our children's sexual expectations! And the sad thing about it, many parents have too! (I refused to see the planned parenthood video, but I saw the video that talked about it!)

Faith I don't think you read that paragraph correctly. First of all I was speaking truth about SOME of the men folk, and shadow was speaking truth about SOME of the women folk. We spoke reality and I know as bad as it sounds, it's REAL LIFE!

Being a woman, (my name "blog" is just the first part of my website name, blog.christocentric.com, which I had no control of the open ID selection for wordpress blogs) I have ran into the type of men I described in those comments - of which there are plenty! And I met mine in CHURCH!

If I were you, I'd lighten up a little. We weren't categorizing and ENTIRE group of people, just the people who fit that description.

sign me carlotta (my name) instead of "blog" if that will help

August 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterblog

MacDaddy

I'm not finding this "study" that contradicts the reports I posted. A link, web address, etc. would help. The info I find continues to estimate that 3% of instances of black women being infected with HIV have been traced back to a men who had sex with other men. It is also estimated that only 3% of black men, whether homosexual, bisexual, etc. have had sexual contact with other men. Lets look at the website below:

http://hab.hrsa.gov/history/AfricanAmericans/

Blacks accounted for one-third of all men estimated to be living with AIDS in the United States at the end of 2004. An estimated 29.2 percent of Black men with AIDS had acquired the disease through injection drug use (IDU), and 18.1 percent had become infected through heterosexual contact—a much higher proportion than that for all men (21.1 percent IDU and 11.2 percent heterosexual contact). Men who have sex with men (MSM) was less likely to have been the reported HIV exposure category for Black men (43.7 percent) than for all men (58.3 percent) and, especially, for White men (75.2 percent).6

So basically, a significantly higher percentage of HIV infected black men acquired the infection from heterosexual contact than other groups of men. Likewise, a significantly higher percentage of HIV black men acquired it from needle sharing.

On the other hand, a lower percentage of HIV black men acquired it from homosexual contact than other men and significantly lower than white men.

Yes, black men and women are very disproportionately infected by HIV, but, but the percentage of those infected who were infected as the direct result of male homosexual contact is not only no higher than other groups, but is actually lower.

August 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShadow

Is HIV/AIDS real? I don't doubt it for a minute. Is it the huge problem of Black women that it's being mass marketed to be? I seriously doubt it.--Lena

I agree. According to the last stat I read from the CDC, the infection rate for black women was 1 in 160 which would be less than 1% of the black female population. The infection rate for black males is 1 in 50 and 1 in 3 gay black males. Of course we should take precautions, but I do see a bit of fear mongering in the media. Black women may make up a majority of NEW Aids cases, but we are not AIDS infested.

August 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlormarie.com

Good point Lormarie. Also, it is important to note that in general, the CDC estimates that 71% of men in the U.S. who are HIV positive are men who have sex with other men. Assuming that this ratio to a reasonable extent applies to black men, if we exclude those black men who have sex with other men (which is less than 5% of all black men), the infection rate for black men is cut by more than half.

August 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShadow

Stop believing the hype.

Only .000459% of black women have HIV.

Every other brother is not on the DL.

The majority of black women who get HIV share needles, prostitute themselves, and/or have sex with drug users.

http://www.thebody.com/content/art33787.html).

http://www.aidsaction.org/legislation/pdf/PolicyFactsWomen.pdf

Black women should NOT panic about HIV. They SHOULD be TERRIFIED of:

Fast food
Obesity (a lot of sisters are holding too much weight).
Diabetes
Soul food
Trans fats
Heart disease
Sedentary lifestyle
Fried food
High-fructose corn syrup
Hypertension
Overeating

These things guarantee health problems, poor quality of life, and an early departure.

Also, celibacy sucks.

Mod 2

I find it interesting but not really 'shocking' that no one mentioned the relationship of HIV and AIDS, ESPECIALLY IN AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST, EAST EUROPE AND ASIA,

to the low status of women and the forced subjugation of women AND girl children.

MORE AIDS and HIV are caused by

forced marriages
child marriages
rape with impunity
prostitution [forced due to economic coercion and low status]
trafficking [including trafficking in war zones And by theocrats and revolutionaries]
gendercide and holocaust against WOMEN BECAUSE THEY ARE WOMEN, Congo, Columbia, etc.,

YET NOT ONE MENTION...why is That?

In Afghanistan alone, due to the laws of Sharia and the extreme abuses and 'tolerances' for under theocratic FASCISM, a misogynist one at That,

the HIV-AIDS is predicted to one day very soon to knock even Africa's AIDs epidemic down the scale--

over 900 women [most forced to marry men three times their age as little girls] have been forced into prostitution JUST TO SURVIVE in Kabul--and they have HIV.

In Africa, its the same way...men, especially military/Junta men, rapists, religious women haters, see no problem with NOT using condoms, after all, its totally permissable to rape girls, women, with Total RELIGIOUS AND LEGAL SANCTIONS, [though women get stoned for adultery in many areas for being raped cuzz ya know its their fault even if covered up in a tent and if they breath thats some how an invitation according to misogynist logic]

and Not to exclude the on purpose raping on infants in South Africa and in parts of Asia and other places due to the belief that raping a pure virgin will cure AIDS,

again, low status of Women.

And its not just African women, its Asian, its Russian, its European...the numbers of HIV victims in the Netherlands, those SLAVES, because thats what they are--who are trafficked into sex slavery, even with the regulations and gov intervention,

they still are raped without condoms...

AIDS ISN'T ABOUT 'PURITY', AIDS ISN'T ABOUT BAD BEHAVIOR OF WOMEN, OR WHETHER THEY ARE VIRGINS OR MARRIED,

its about the idea and systematic belief that its tolerable to rape, force marry, beat, demean AND ENSLAVE women globally and therefore,

big deal--you give a woman AIDS,

and you would be Surprised at those very beliefs in the minds of MEN, especially misogynist religious men, in the world.

BUT YET WE HAVE FREE WOMEN WHO NOT JUST PANDER TO THAT THEY CONVERT TO THAT--WHICH, DON'T ASK ME TO UNDERSTAND THE PSYCHOLOGY, ESPECIALLY ONES WHO KNOW THE HISTORY OF SLAVERY, HOW ANYONE IN THEIR RIGHT THINKING MIND WOULD EVER GIVE THEMSELVES OVER TO IDEOLOGIES THAT WILL ENSLAVE THEM AND THEIR OFFSPRING...

In Iran, contrary to the cultural relativist LIES and taqiyya, the AIDS epidemic is also exploding there, women forced, again into prostitution, the high usage of drugs living in despotic regimes, and the status of women AND forced economic dependence on marriage,

is leaving men and women vulnerable, and though they have education programs [which they do], its NOT enough,

UNTIL THE STATUS OF WOMEN IS CHANGED AND UNTIL THE WORLD SAYS ZERO TOLERANCE FOR FORCED SUBJUGATION OF WOMEN, ESPECIALLY UNDER RELIGION,

you are going to see AIDS increase and entire cultures and communities wiped completely OUT.

When there is ANY TOLERANCE, ANY, EVEN A CENTIMETER, OF ABUSE, RAPE, FORCED CHILD RAPE [MARRIAGE], FGMS, STONINGS, MALE SUPREMACY OVER WOMEN AND TOLERANCE FOR SLAVERY,

whether or not they are of your beliefs or not, when there is That tolerance...you're going to have AIDS, because all it takes,

is one man to rape...one soldier with AIDS to rape a 12 year old girl who is forced to marry and then her seven children have AIDS then they marry...

when women have no LEGAL PROTECTIONS, are only worth Half of a man and actually not even THAT,

they're going to get AIDS because you see, women's behavior is controlled--man is not. He can have four wives, he can rape unbelievers, he can rape the 'enemy', he can rape prostitutes no matter what religion--or economics or Race,

and if he has AIDS, whether he cares or not--hey, its just a woman, big deal, or its just a little girl, big deal...

and whether you want to see this or not, when that mentality of low status, SUB HUMAN STATUS of women is allowed to flourish,

then its NOT shocking that yes there is AIDS, there is Increase of AIDS and it is, killing women in the droves--and children.

Afghanistan, is going to explode with the AIDS virus...not women, not just women, but little girls,

who under religious Medieval Laws, have less rights than a dog. And they are being raped with impunity, just like in the Congo, in Kenya, in SUDAN,

and infected with AIDS.

Again, IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH A WOMAN'S PURITY...IT HAS EVERYTHING TO DO, WITH HER STATUS,

AS A HUMAN BEING--

end the tolerance and the ideologies of SLAVERY TODAY...

end the tolerance and the misogyny and the religious medievalism and feudalism against women especially, TODAY...

and you'll see, a huge drop, in the HIV virus,

NOT UNTIL THEN.

Natasha
Director of WAMI--militantly speaking against all form of misogynist imperialism--no tolerance for slavery or misogyny, NO REST--NO RELATIVISM--ZERO TOLERANCE--NOT ONE GIRL, ONE WOMAN, ONE CHILD--IN SLAVERY OR ABUSE--NOT ONE...until then, we fight...

August 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

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