Tuesday, April 12, 2011
AIDS establishment wasting money on condom campaigns
Edward C. Green., PhD, former director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at Harvard and a classmate of mine from the Wayback, has a new book out called Broken Promises: How the AIDS Establishment Has Betrayed the Developing World.
He says the $21.7 billion Global Fund to Fight AIDS is being gobbled up by corruption and worse, by funding approaches that have been shown not to work. This is also true, he says, of the PEPFAR program intended to reduce infection in Africa.
Where AIDS comes through sex workers, such as in Thailand, passing out condoms to sex workers and publicizing their use can reduce infection.
However, just passing them out to everyone in a country does not seem to reduce infection, even in Thailand.
Instead, Green says, how about encouraging fidelity? Green is widely known for shocking everyone by agreeing with the pope that condoms were not the answer to African AIDS.
Green recommends that the AIDS establishment recommend more cautious behavior, respecting one’s spouse (which in Afria means don’t cheat).
Fidelity can also change things in America—if Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) stayed true.
An old concept, but still alive. And maybe keeping people alive.