Family & Friends,
For decades, researchers have puzzled over the African AIDS question. Why are African HIV rates as high as 20-30%? Why does HIV afflict all of the society not just drug users, prostitutes and high-risk groups? The Kinsey reports on Africa show that they have fewer sexual partners and are more faithful to the ones they have. The HIV rate in the US is 1% and mainly restricted to the high-risk groups. On this continent the faithful life-long African wife often is its victim. Helen Epstein tackles the question in The Invisible Cure: Why we are losing the fight against AIDS in Africa. The baffling numbers are explained by a cultural difference. The two key words are “long-term” and “concurrent”. African culture has a “web” called the “virus superhighway”. Polygamy will illustrate. A man with five wives has a web of sexual relationships that are both long-term and concurrent. If HIV enters through any one of the six, it can easily spread to all six – it is a virtual super-highway.
In contrast, the immoral American man usually has a series of exclusive relationships. He is a “serial” monogamist. If he has flings with prostitutes, he usually uses protection. Instead of a “highway” there are many sexual islands visited one at a time with no bridges. But, in Africa many have long-term concurrent relationships with two or three people. Those 2-3 people each have long-term sexual relationships with another 2-3 people. The result is a “web” of connected highways. It is a fast highway because (1) people don’t use protection with those they trust and (2) HIV is passed on fastest when first contracted. So, the risk for a moral faithful wife is very high. The American money coming to Africa to fight HIV usually is directed to the American target of high-risk groups. In Africa almost EVERYONE is in the HIGH-RISK category.
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