Stephen Lewis, the U.N. secretary general's special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, said fundamentalist Christian ideology was driving Washington's AIDS assistance program known as PEPFAR with disastrous results, including condom shortages in Uganda.
The Bush administration favors prevention programs that focus on abstinence rather than condom use and has more than doubled funding for U.S. abstinence-only programs over the past five years.
As part of President George W. Bush's global AIDS plan, the U.S. government has already budgeted about $8 million this year for abstinence-only projects in Uganda, human rights groups say.
Activists in both Uganda and the United States say the country is now in the grip of condom shortage so severe that men are using plastic garbage bags in an effort to protect themselves.
"There is no question in my mind that the condom crisis in Uganda is being driven and exacerbated by PEPFAR and by the extreme policies that the administration in the U.S. is now pursuing in the emphasis on abstinence," Lewis told journalists on a teleconference.
"That distortion of the preventive apparatus ... is resulting in great damage and undoubtedly will cause significant numbers of infections which should never have occurred."
Many health experts say condoms are the most effective bulwark against AIDS.
Right-Wing Religious America. Tearing the world apart, one piece at a time...
I'd like to hear more about this abstinence progam, namely because it sounds absolutely bat-shit loco.
:rofl: Damn, who are they to go tell people "Uh....you guys can't have sex now....mmmkay?"
Well they can have sex... But just with a little pre-caution. And it seems that for one time they are right, condoms do help the world..
I take what n0e says way too seriously
12th March 2004
"Activists in both Uganda and the United States say the country is now in the grip of condom shortage so severe that men are using plastic garbage bags in an effort to protect themselves." Ouch! Takes a real man to fill a garbage bag,though.:)
you cant do that you cant be absinace thats so stupid who is not goin to hav sex come on really
Lord Wiener:rofl: Damn, who are they to go tell people "Uh....you guys can't have sex now....mmmkay?"
Really now... are they so dense that they actually believe this will not happen?
all you do i s uses a omdom fina;
I recall seeing a headline in the newspaper concerning these relief efforts entitle "AIDS Prevention Plan Blows Up" with a picture of a Ugandan kid holding an inflated condom below it. This was a while back though, so maybe they're finally making some progress.