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Friday, November 09, 2007

Government to blame for South African HIV/AIDS pandemic!

Here we go again!

By now, the government-issued Choice condoms, have had 3 recalls of defective condoms in recent memory. Two of these recalls were within the last two months.

Together with these condom failures, top government figures such as Jacob Zuma (in the running for the presidency of the ANC, and hence that of South Africa) make light of the HIV/AIDS pandemic by comments and practices that lead to the wrong message for our people in this country.

Zuma had sex with a woman not so long ago without knowing whether she had HIV or not! His solution to prevent himself form getting the virus? A good shower after his escapades with this young woman! If this is not a bad message to our people, then what would be?

Then, our health minister, Dr Mantombazana Tshabalala-Msimang, tells people that they need to eat potatoes and other vegetables to fight this battle.

The government has shown time and again that they do not have the resources or the know-how to fight this battle. With them, it is mostly talk and no action. For that, they are to blame!

However, in a recent article in the Mail & Guardian, Warren Foster laments the problem of the HIV/AIDS pandemic by placing all the blame on the government for the spread of this deadly virus in South Africa.

Some people were interviewed for this article, and they all blame the government! How can the government be blamed for the spread of HIV/AIDS, when the spread of this virus is almost completely by having sex with another person? Is the government organising orgies for people to attend? Is the government forcing people to have sex with others?

The fact is that our society has become a society of victims. Whenever something goes wrong in our own lives, we need to blame someone else. Even when we cut off our own hands with some tool, we have this urge to blame someone else, who "should have" put a warning on the tool to keep it away from our hands.

We no longer want to take responsibility for our own lives. That is why people blame the government for getting HIV/AIDS, and when the government is too slow in the fight against the virus, then these same people blame the government once again!

I have to agree that the government keeps on sending out the wrong signals in this fight, but it is because professionals and the industry gave the government the message to pass along. The message is that as long as you use a condom while having sex, you will be fine. However, that is a simple lie that is proven to be false within the condom industry! The fact is, that condoms still have around a 20% failure rate when it comes to fighting HIV, or pregnancy for that matter. This however is not disclosed to people. So, when the government, and all those clever professionals tell people that they need to use condoms during sex, what do people think?

The initial thought is that government finds free sex outside of marriage as acceptable behaviour. So, these people simply go along with the flow!

The fact is, the best method of fighting this virus is not through condoms (the misnomer of "safe-sex"), or medicine, but through the simple practice of chastity. With this chastity comes abstinence, which up till now have proven 100% safe against the spread of this virus.

Of course, your first thought will be, "But people will not stop having sex outside of marriage!" Of course they will not! As long as we tell them that they do not have the ability to abstain, why should they even try? They are victims of this over-sexed society anyhow, aren't they? So, they are victims and victims just sit back waiting for things to happen to them.

No, we need to start the real "moral regeneration" of this country by telling people that sex outside of marriage is sin in God's eyes. There are consequences to having free sex. Two of those are unwanted pregnancies and STDs. By following God's laws in this regard, neither of these would be a problem!

When the government does not protect its citizens from crime and invasions, then blame it. But, when your own actions lead to your own demise, don't blame someone else. Take responsibility for it!

Please understand, I am not saying that we should abandon sick people, but when a lifestyle leads to disease, don't shift the blame onto others!

Read this statement by the ACDP (African Christian Democratic Party) on HIV/AIDS.


Eric Savage said...

Hi William

Good to find some likeminded opinion while scanning through Amatomu.

What's fascinating is the well-known twist on ABC - that Uganda originally had the C as "Christ", as in Christ-centred, and the liberals warped it.

Are you an ACDP supporter yourself? I have just started a new blog: acdpinsider.blogspot.com

William Dicks said...

Hi Eric,

Thanks for your note!

Yes, I am a supporter of the ACDP if you consider the following:
In the Pretoria region for the ACDP, I am:
1. Secretary General
2. Whip

In Gauteng province, I am :
1. Provincial Whip
2. Deputy Chairman of the Provincial Council.

I have actually seen your blog. I've been wanting to leave a note for you, but since after the NAGC I haven't had time to get to things.

Keep up the blogging and let's spread the message!

Eric Savage said...

Hmmm, you're seriously involved!

I'm just a lowly Prayer Coordinator on the KZN PEC! ...Although the more praying we get done, the better!

Keep up the work and I'll be paying a regular visit.

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