Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Trial indicates exactly how not to tackle a nightmare epidemic

South Africa is the epicentre of the Global AIDS epidemic. It is estimated that 1 in 3 deaths in South Africa are a result of AIDS and 3 in 10 pregnant women are HIV positive. Stuart has an update on the rape trial of former South African deputy president Jacob Zuma. Zuma is accused of raping a women and she is HIV positive.

Yesterday saw Zuma take the stand to be questioned by the state prosecutor. The prosecutor asked a simple question independent of the rape charge. Why, the prosecutor asked, would the previous head of the South African AIDS Council and the Moral Regeneration Movement have unprotected sex with a woman he knew to have HIV? His answer was noteworthy: the risk of acquiring HIV through unprotected sex with a woman, he stated, is small for a healthy man. “I had the knowledge that …chances were very slim that you could get the disease.”

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