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In other words, he had had no choice but to carry on.
If that was not bad enough, Mr. Zuma told the court he thought the risk from HIV was small, and that he had taken a shower immediately after the sexual intercourse on the night in question, because - he believed - it was one thing that might reduce the chances of contracting HIV.
These assertions came from the man who was head of the National Aids Council and the Moral Regeneration Campaign." - If that does not ring a bell, then you might want to read this.
Such comments are not entirely unexpected of late, especially if the communicator has anything to do with presidency. President, Vice President, Deputy President et cetera et cetera, irrespective of class, colour, creed, sex or nationality. It is not that we have very highly evolved leaders of our own. Stupid comments seem to be the norm of the political fraternity today.
Going by the statement given above, according to Zulu customs, one cannot leave a willing and ready woman in the lurch. Or else, she may accuse you of rape. And Mr. Zuma was indeed accused of rape. A question to Mr. Zuma, "Did you or did you not...perform?" Please elaborate. I am extremely confused.
Jokes apart, AIDS is a serious issue in South Africa. South Africa is currently experiencing one of the most severe HIV epidemics in the world. By the end of 2003, there were around 5.3 million people living with HIV in South Africa, and more than 1,000 AIDS deaths occurring every day, according to UNAIDS estimates. UNAIDS goes on to say that 'South Africans spend more time in funerals than the barber (coiffeur, if you may)' - and that therein speaks for itself. The learned Mr. Zuma also presumes that 'taking a shower after sex with an infected partner' could reduce chances of infection. Is it a cold shower or a hot shower? Perhaps the erudite Deputy President should enlighten us.
The Deputy eventually did win the courtroom battle. Good for him and his political career. We can however safely assume that he will not be holding the top-post of National Aids Council anymore. Good for South Africa and the rest of the world. How can he ever teach the people what he does not know?
The whole world criticizes the antics and educated remarks of world leaders but there are very few who will correct their errors. This is a small step towards educating our world leaders about the Causes and Prevention of AIDS. So, I would request the Presidents, the Prime Ministers, the Kings and Queens and the Chairmans of the world to please go through this short course thoroughly. It shouldn't take more than five minutes and is in SIMPLE ENGLISH.
Causes of AIDS: AIDS (Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is caused by a virus called by HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). HIV infection breaks down the bodies natural defence system (immune system) thereby increasing chances of contracting other diseases such as pneumonia and cancer. These 'other' diseases are the ones that kill. The HIV virus may live in the body for 5 to 8 years before actual symptoms appear. It is then that you have AIDS (a stage when the body cannot fight infection anymore). There is no known cure till date, only treatments to postpone imminent death or prolong your agony. Which ever way you want to look at it.
How does HIV spread? There are four main causes of HIV infections.
Latest myth. Can one can reduce chances of HIV infection by having a shower after sex? Answer - NO. Silly question!
Prevention of AIDS: During a sexual act, only condoms, be they male or female, can reduce the chances of infection with HIV and other STIs and the chances of becoming pregnant. The best evidence to date indicates that condom use reduces the risk of heterosexual HIV transmission by approximately 80%.
The United States government and health organizations both endorse the ABC Approach to lower the risk of acquiring AIDS during sex: