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IS AIDS PREVENTION DOOMED TO FAIL? The disease that won't die nity and the media as protection against the transmission ofthe disease. For example, in a December op-ed in the Washington Post, condom use got an unexpected endorsement from First Lady Laura Bush. Despite her husband's consistent sup- port for an abstinence approach in com- bating AIDS, Laura Bush wrote: "Prac- tice Safe Sex. Let's take a cue from Ollr African counterparts and follow the ABC method of prevention: Abstinence, Be Faithful and the Correct and Consistent Use ofCondoms. That means not just oc- caSionally, but every time." "Safe sex" is the party line when it comes to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Ac- cording to a 2004 report from UNAIDS, the United Nations program to fight the disease, there is "compelling internation- al evidence" which demonstrates "consistent use of latex male condoms is a highly effective method for preventing HIV transmission." But theevidence suggests that condoms are not a magic bullet.; In fact, a 1110re de- tailed look at the UNAIDS report shows that haVing sex while lIsing condQms may involve a fair amount of risk. "Four meta- analyses of condom effectiveness put the range lofpreventing HIV transmission] at 69-94%," the report admitted. l11une," she said. But Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse of the Beverly LaHaye Institute disputed such sweeping statements. "The politically correct mantra about HIV/AIDS is that 'anybody can get it.''' she said. "This ~ half-truth is as bizarre as pointing to the tragic death of professional naturalist Steve Irwin, best known as 'The Croco- dile Hunter: and saying 'anyone can die from the barb ofa stingray.' . .. You're not going to die from a stingray's barb unless you dive in waters that are hOine to sting- rays." (Emphasis ill origillal.) Crouse insisted that, other than the (relatively rare) transmission ofHI V from an infected 1110ther to an unborn child or through a blood transfusion or otherwise accidental contact with contaminated blood, getting HIV/AIDS occurs under very limited circumstances. She said unless a person has "inti- mate sexual contact with someone who ,s infected the HIVIAIDS virus [Oil share(s) contaminated needles to do drugs . .. you will not, I repeat not con- tract HIV/AIDS." (Emphasis ill origillal.) Instead, Crouse concluded, AIDS is "a disease that is almost exclusively a homo- sexual male and drug addict epidemic." Accord ing to the CDC, for example, sexually active homosexual men account for roughly halfofall new HIV cases each year, and together with intravenous drug users account for 80% of the total AIDS cases in the U.S. Condoms: The magIc bullet? By far. of course. sexual activity is the leading method ofHI V transmission, and heterosexuals are not immune fron"i get- ting it when they engage in risky sexual activit with infected partners.
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course MAFT 541 taught by Professor Davidp.altopp during the Fall '10 term at Ventura College.

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