A report from Uganda where a local leader has come up with a new way of preventing HIV/AIDS – awarding women who "practice sexual abstinence until marriage" with "incentives such as certificates and other gifts".
This is beyond belief! First of all expecting people to practice abstinence is ridiculous as people just wont do that. Secondly it completely bypasses the issue of education about HIV/AIDS and practicing safe sex which is a lot more likely to take place than abstinence. Thirdly it takes no account of men’s sexual behaviour. The whole idea is built on ignorance of HIV/AIDS and human sexuality; it devalues women and assumes they are responsible for the transference of sexually transmitted diseases.
A more sensible approach towards HIV/AIDS comes from Cote d’ Ivoire where Muslims gathered to try to break down some of the break down some of the prejudice against HIV/AIDS in their community.