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Bush: Keep Abstinence in AIDS Program

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Africa, abstinence, AIDS, aid )

- 3869 days ago -
"My attitude toward Congress is, see what works," Bush said. "PEPFAR is working. It is a balanced program. It is an ABC program -- abstinence, be faithful and condoms." (Huh? Abstinence & monogamy increasing in Africa as HIV infections decrease?)


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Past Member (0)
Sunday February 17, 2008, 4:09 pm

"Some Democrats want to eliminate a provision in the bill that requires one-third of all prevention spending go to abstinence-until-marriage programs. Critics say that while they don't oppose abstinence programs, the inflexible requirement hampers the effort."

And if they don't spend a third of the money on faith-based celibacy and monogamy programs, as violent rapes and child rapes become epidemic, they can't have any money at all?

I do understand that money is the only thing preventing people from needlessly dying of AIDS. But if not for the Bush doctrine, twice as much money could be spent on treatment. I'm trying to picture the US-funded field workers telling crazed militiamen who are raping young children, that they should remain celibate until marriage. Or is it the children who are being violently raped that the program is directed at? Yes, my dear child, we know you are being violently raped by a gang of HIV-positive thugs, but Jesus loves you and we will provide you with treatment if you swear to remain celibate until marriage and remain faithful thereafter?

Okay, Michael's going to rebuke me for this one. Better even a crumb for treatment than no money at all, right? And unless Bush gets his way, there won't be any money at all, because the Congressional "Democrats" pretending they want a saner policy, won't impeach Bush even though they are fully aware he'd veto any policy that was even slightly sane.

Anyhow, that's how the system works. If you don't allow the graft, kickbacks, and special favors, you don't get anything done at all. Probably works the same way in Africa, huh Michael?


Past Member (0)
Sunday February 17, 2008, 4:31 pm
Bush misses the point again. HIV is not the problem. Every disease these people have and have had for years is being treated as HIV and all that money is being wasted and given to big Pharma corporations who are making billions on the misery of people in the world. They are giving HIV drugs to people who do not have HIV! How stupid is that?

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 17, 2008, 4:44 pm

Hmmmm.....maybe I've got this all mixed up, but wasn't there some story about how clinics that test for or treat AIDS, aren't allowed to test for or treat anything else? IF that's true, and I can't recall for certain, then no matter what they have, they get tested for AIDS or not tested, and treated for AIDS or not treated.

I remember thinking about that when I saw the story about the African woman who was a guest of George and Barbara Bush at some big affair. A woman and child had been tested, treated, saved, and were deeply grateful. But I couldn't help thinking that IF the test had been a false positive, of which there are so many.......


Mary R (999)
Monday February 18, 2008, 8:38 am
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