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Current Controversies - Sexually Transmitted Diseases by Bryan J. Grapes

By Bryan J. Grapes

Understanding of AIDS and different sexually transmitted ailments has elevated with schooling efforts. yet has the matter been overblown? And what are the easiest tools of prevention? This anthology debates those concerns within the following chapters: Are Sexually Transmitted illnesses a major challenge? should still Public well-being Measures Be Used to avoid the unfold of HIV? How Can Sexually Transmitted ailments Be avoided?

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Raletatsi says he urges AIDS victims returning to their villages to tell their families the disease is incurable, though he admits that most parents would ignore the disclosure. Robert Clay, a USAID health official who specializes in fighting AIDS in Zambia, saw this firsthand when a woman in his office got sick. “Her parents did everything to save her, even flew her to Harare [in Zimbabwe] for treatment,” says Clay. “Her mother told me, ‘I’ve already lost four sons to AIDS. ’” The daughter died too.

Orphans who face a life of Dickensian bleakness? Healthy people who need to be educated about how to avoid contracting the virus in the first place? S. and other rich countries allocate money to provide the expensive medicines, widely available in the West, that can delay the onset of symptoms for years? Here’s another question: Would any of it make a difference? The billions of dollars wealthy nations have spent on roads and dams and malaria eradication haven’t changed the lot of the average African.

Risky Sexual Practices Certain sexual practices have hastened the spread of AIDS. African men often demand “dry sex,” claiming that a dry vagina is more pleasurable. The women are forced to use herbs and other means to dry themselves, but dry sex results in vaginal tears and abrasions that increase the rate of HIV transmission. Most men in eastern and southern Africa are uncircumcised, which seems to make them more vulnerable to HIV. Africans also have high rates of untreated syphilis, gonorrhea, and other sexually transmitted diseases, increasing by 20fold their chances of catching HIV.

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