This is terrible!
The biggest chunk of our third-world AIDS prevention money (about 1/3, it seems) goes to abstinence education programs.
Okay, kinda sorta debatably a good thing or a bad thing when it comes to domestic AIDS prevention money.
But in the third world, at least as far as one gender is concerned, 80% of the new AIDS cases already are practicing abstinence till marriage and remaining monogamous within that marriage!
For many women, marriage is a risk factor for AIDS because of their husbands' dangerous behavior. Worldwide, 80 percent of women newly infected with HIV are practicing monogamy within a marriage or a long-term relationship. This shatters the myth that marriage is a natural refuge from AIDS. And it shows that, more than two decades into the epidemic, our fight against AIDS has failed to address the unique circumstances of women—especially women in the developing world.
So here's how the biggest chunk of our AIDS prevention funding is being spent:
"Lady, would you like to not get AIDS?"
"Okay. Don't have sex till you're married, and when you're married, have sex only with your husband."
"But I already do that. And 16 out of my 20 friends who got AIDS last year were doing that, too."
"Impossible. Anyway, do you want to avoid getting AIDS or not?"
"Then don't have sex till you're married, and when you're married, have sex only with your husband."
"But what about my high chances of that not working? What else can I do?"
"Nothing. Or, well, I'm not allowed to tell you about anything else."
"Are you kidding?"
I think it's very important to write all our Congressmen, perhaps including this little dialogue I just made up just to make sure they can't miss our point and think we're advocating a change because of ideology rather than logic, and ask them to change the allocation of international AIDS funds back to something more condom-oriented and drastically less abstinence-and-monogamy-oriented.