opinionBy Dr Timothy Stamps
Harare — This is part of an address by Dr Timothy Stamps in Kadoma in June 1992, while also incorporating his thoughts on HIV/Aids in 2007, further in the article.
The Political industry.
Sub-Saharan Africa is at the sharp end as far as Aids is concerned.
It is amazing that with the visible evidence of the unstoppable spread of the virus, there are still people purporting to be world leaders who deny the facts.
Perhaps their own sexual distortions do not allow them to see the inexorable spread of the virus in the world.
The Northern Hemisphere countries continue to promote libertinistic ideas that promiscuity is okay for them, but not for Africans.
The Colour Industry.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Comrades and Friends, the Aids virus is colour blind.
It does not choose one race or ethnic group to infect.
And because Africa is the world's largest man-made island because of the Suez Canal, some peculiar perverted people believe it can be an Aids island as well, and the rest of the world can carry on with its degenerate policies, knowing that they have privileged access to expensive drugs, seeing Aids as a temporary setback on the road to undisciplined sexual behaviours and prescribing mountains of non-biodegradable condoms as the answer to all our problems.
The Aids Industry.
Were the condom, even on the most effective use, to make any mark on the rising infection rates of transmission of HIV the Aids virus, the money needed annually would equal more than four times the total amount spent annually on all Aids activities in Africa by the Global Programme on Aids.
The condom is very much a temporary strategy to achieve permanent behavioural change without which our country and our continent will be destroyed.
The Denial Industry.
We now know that at least one million Zimbabweans will die of Aids before the year 2000. (In fact, this was after the coming of year 2000, an underestimate).
There are that number of infections in the country.
Yet the World Health Organisation estimates that there are at least 110 million acts of sexual intercourse every day, throughout the world, producing 931 000 cases of STDs leading to 150 000 abortions 90 percent in the Third World and done under grossly unhygienic conditions, leading to over 500 maternal deaths every day and a much larger number of women having permanent damage to the reproductive organs.
The Sex Industry.
The promotion of sexual desire is internationally a multi-billion-dollar business.
It is, in fact, the fastest growing industry in the world and creates incomes for electronic and print media, recording and video companies, the film industry, the tourist industry and the liquor and entertainment industry, the pharmaceutical companies and doctors. And it keeps the masses drugged much as the earliest Marxists claimed of religion.
We are on the threshold. We must decide whether we are going to plunge like Gadarene Swine over the top of the morality cliff to drawn our souls and lose our lives in the process, or to create a new cultural revolution, that of mutually faithful lifelong partnership.
My message to you today is that: that is the only hope for the world. Seven million Africans will die of Aids by the year 2000.
The economic stress of ESAP and the drought will pale into insignificance if we do not stop the disease from spreading now.
What shall we do?
1. Dedicate ourselves to our mutually faithfully lifelong partners.
2. Deal effectively with sugar daddies and sugar mummies (and "small houses").
3. Ensure our young people are properly armed with knowledge about sex.
4. Empower young people to say no to sex outside a permanent relationship.
5. Show the immaturity irresponsibility and immorality of promoting promiscuous relationships.
6. Ensure that those who have HIV are accepted as non-threatening component of our society without moral judgment and with compassion.
7. Recognise that Aids is everyone's problem, and everyone's potential fate and take steps to protect those who are not in a position to protect themselves.
Resume (January 2007).
Only one article, viz Dr P. Chimedza's about the psychology of being HIV positive, was about HIV in last weekend's Sunday papers.
And even that was devoted to relief about a lucky escape, not devoted at all to living positively with Aids.
As far as the rest of the papers, The Sunday Mirror carried an article (from SafAids) about (female) virginity and bestiality (penetrative sexual intercourse) with a horse in Washington D.C. in a crude article written by one Charles Mudede.
The Sunday Mail Entertainment section, HIV infection was treated as a non-existent myth.
I'm reminded of a joke that used to be current when the above speech was written by me: A.I.D.S stands for "American Invention to Discourage Sex".
And the National Aids Council now writes about the latest Western diversion on how to reduce Aids infection without meaningful behaviour change -- male genital mutilation.
All I can comment is that the Director of the department of HIV and Aids in WHO, Dr Kevin de Cock, is appropriately named for that stratagem.