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Cure for Aids -Rape a child Myth - the shocking truth!

By Creative(54,965) Creative

Posted Monday, September 24, 2007
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It has recently come to my attention that in Africa and other countries there is a myth that if men infected with the HIV virus have sex with a child or a young virgin they will cure themselves of AIDS. This is not a case of abuse so much as a case of desperate individuals clinging on to the hope that they can be cured of this terrible disease.

I first came across this myth via the  HIV/Aids resource site,  

Not only are these children being raped but they have a strong risk of contracting the HIV virus themselves through this sexual contact. The figures are horrifying and one wonders why more is not being done to educate people about the invalidity of this myth.

In 2001, 21,000 children were raped in Africa but  only 1 in 35 cases is reported.

The Science in Africa magazine says this:

Article 2002


Nearly 60 children are raped every day in South Africa and while experts agree to disagree as to the causes, or whether the pervasive belief in the so-called "Virgin Cure" prevents/cures HIV/Aids is possibly responsible for this deeply disturbing phenomenon, university researcher, Mike Earl-Taylor suggests it could well be a contributing factor, and a major one at that. Moreover, infant rape appears to be unique to South Africa, however, the Virgin Cure is not. 

And more....

21,000 child rapes, and some 37,000 adult rapes, were reported in South Africa last year. (2001) According to the South African Police Service, only one in 35 are actually reported. The actual incidence of rape could well be in excess of a million per year. It can only be speculated and extrapolated then that the actual incidence of child/infant rape has reached alarming and phenomenal proportions that should signal urgent intervention from the highest levels of government, and society-at-large.

Child rape happens in the thousands in other countries too, but this is more than rape it is a potential death sentence. More needs to be done to raise awareness that this miracle cure is not a cure it is just increasing the incidence of HIV.

This article was dated 2002, but the forum discussion I first heard about this took place 2007, which seems to indicate that as yet, the myth and rumor prevail with devastating results.

On the 27th September it is 'Blog Against Abuse Day', please do your bit and talk or blog about this and let the world know it is happening. These people need our help.

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