Strange things are happening in Africa. While people living on HIV/AIDS spend millions of dollars in seminars and conferences that unravel nothing, poor men are sharing condoms, borrowing, washing them and returning while their wives have sex in exchange for food, and then we wonder why Aids is killing millions!
They borrow the sheaths, wash them and return them to their owners
Kaman, will you be doing it tonight?
Hmmmmmmmh, well, I don’t think so, why?
You can help me that thing, the one… you understand?
OK…but wash it well before you return it! He whispers, handing over a sheath that has long lost its elasticity…
The condoms have holes big enough to allow a lizard pass through
Laugh if you want but that thing the poor guy is trying to borrow in low tones is actually a condom. He at least knows that a condom will help him keep pregnancy at bay, he knows that a condom will protect him from the dreaded HIV, but what he doesn’t know is that the sheath he is borrowing has been washed so many times that it now has holes big enough to let a lizard pass through, leave alone a sperm cell or a virus!
Africa has the largest number of Aids cases
What has been the result? Africa has the largest percentage of HIV patients and the numbers continue rising every day and night. Families have more children than they can affford to raise while men, women and youth keep spending millions of dollars in seminars and conferences when the real problem is actually ignorance and poverty.
Poverty and ignorance have made HIV prevalence worse
The people who need to get the information are not getting it, and when they get it they have no means to protect themselves despite the will. Advertisements on TV, skits and all those measures put in place are very elitist and do not reach the very people who need to benefit because most have no access to television, some can not read while many others have no idea what is required of them.
Women are having sex for food
Who will tell these men that sharing condoms will not protect them from anything leave alone HIV? Who will tell those involved that to control HIV they need to address poverty and ignorance? Women are having sex for food, men are wearing worn out sheaths thinking they are safe.
Who will save my dear continent?
Sub Saharan Africa is bleeding but nobody wants to admit that we have a problem, a big one. Is it any wonder that the best brains are running away to the west? Is it any wonder that those who have the means would rather escape their home? The rest of us have taken a wait and see position as men wash and hung condoms on the clothesline to dry before using them again!