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kenya's first lady: abstain, don't use condoms

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posted on May, 19 2006 @ 01:12 PM
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NAIROBI, Kenya (Reuters) -- Kenyan first lady Lucy Kibaki risked the wrath of anti-AIDS campaigners by advising young people against using condoms, saying they should practice abstinence instead.

"Those still in school and colleges have no business having access to condoms," Lucy Kibaki said in a speech carried on the government's Web site on Friday.
"I am not in favor of condoms."

Kenya has seen a decline in the number of HIV/AIDS cases in the past decade. In the late 1990s, 10 percent of the population was infected but by 2003, that number had dropped to 7 percent.

Many AIDS experts attribute such success in part to wider use of condoms.

But some staunch Christians, as well as prominent Africans including Ugandan first lady Janet Museveni, have promoted abstinence over condom use as the best way to fight AIDS.
"Sex is not for the youth," Kibaki was quoted as saying by a local newspaper in its report on the speech given on Thursday night at a girls' school.



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why do people in such high power spew out such personal information that nobody really wants to hear? nobody wants to hear about the first ladys sexual life. especially if she doesnt care for protection.

what do you think?




posted on May, 19 2006 @ 01:23 PM
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Its really not just reserved for people of power anymore though. Look at the Pharmacist who refused to fill a womans prescription for the Pill here in the USA. Lots of people trying to impose their beliefs upon others lately.



Pie



posted on May, 21 2006 @ 11:57 PM
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Originally posted by worksoftplayhard
why do people in such high power spew out such personal information that nobody really wants to hear? nobody wants to hear about the first ladys sexual life. especially if she doesnt care for protection.


What? Did you even bother to read the article? No where in it does it say anything about her personal life. Also, she's saying that they should abstain from sex, not have unprotected sex.

Besides, condoms don't stop AIDS/HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases from spreading. The only thing that does is, you guessed it, abstinance!



Originally posted by ThePieMaN
Lots of people trying to impose their beliefs upon others lately.


Okay, so you're for young, immature people having sex?

Kenya's First Lady is obviously trying to help her country. Way to take stuff out of context, folks!



posted on May, 22 2006 @ 03:42 AM
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They don't? That's odd, I was always taught that they DID if you used them properly, and actually used them of course. Abstinance is the BEST way to stop it, but not the ONLY way. Condoms DO work, if you don't rip them, etc.



posted on May, 22 2006 @ 03:57 AM
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Originally posted by Zaphod58
Condoms DO work, if you don't rip them, etc.


Nope.

Condoms are made of latex, which is porous. The holes in it are too small for sperm to pass through, but some fluid does get through. That fluid then could be the carrier for whatever STDs the person has.

While it does reduce the risk, it does not stop the transmission of disease. Only abstinence will stop that.



posted on May, 22 2006 @ 04:17 AM
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The transmission level of AIDS, when a condom is used, is VERY VERY VERY low. A condom is VERY effective at stopping the AIDS virus from being transmitted. Other STDs are capable of being transmitted through a condom, however, the transmission rate of ALL STDs is HIGHLY reduced by the use of a condom. NOTHING is 100% effective, if you're active, but condoms DO significantly cut your risk to an almost miniscule chance of transmission. Abstinance IS the best way to stop the transmission of STDs, but with proper use, and care, condoms are HIGHLY effective.


Laboratory studies have demonstrated that latex condoms provide an essentially impermeable barrier to particles the size of STD pathogens.

Theoretical basis for protection. Condoms can be expected to provide different levels of protection for various sexually transmitted diseases, depending on differences in how the diseases are transmitted. Because condoms block the discharge of semen or protect the male urethra against exposure to vaginal secretions, a greater level of protection is provided for the discharge diseases. A lesser degree of protection is provided for the genital ulcer diseases or HPV because these infections may be transmitted by exposure to areas, e.g., infected skin or mucosal surfaces, that are not covered or protected by the condom.

www.cdc.gov...




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