HIV Is NOT An ‘Ethical Problem’

Posted: November 23, 2011 in health, religion, science
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You know what really fucks me off? It’s right wingers and religious morons who insist that someone’s HIV status is somehow an ethical issue. Pope Ratzinger’s kicked off again about it:

On the subject of Africa’s HIV pandemic, he said: “The change of behaviour that it requires – for example, sexual abstinence, rejection of sexual promiscuity, fidelity within marriage – ultimately involves the question of integral development, which demands a global approach and a global response from the Church.

“For if it is to be effective, the prevention of AIDS must be based on a sex education that is itself grounded in an anthropology anchored in the natural law and enlightened by the word of God and the Church’s teaching.”

Well that’s propaganda, it’s bullshit and meaningless to everyday life. Arresting the HIV pandemic anywhere involves the use of condoms and the provision of honest, religion-free sex education, targeted appropriately from an early age. People need to be free to talk about sex and sexually transmitted infections (including HIV) without fear or condemnation or damnation, not be constrained by ‘the word of God’, which after all advocates child rape and maintains believers can drink poison without harm. For the man who said condoms could make the problem worse, and who shielded paedophile priests from the law it’s frankly outrageous to be talking about morals.

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