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Sex in Muslim Countries

Attitudes towards sex and sexual behavior in Muslim countries are extremely conservative. These are the present scenarios of sex in Muslim countries, including the AIDS/HIV epidemic in these regions.

Muslim law prohibits sex outside of marriage. Muslim population’s are very conservative. Unwanted sex relation is taboo for Muslim countries including Bangladesh although it is not a Muslim country.Muslim societies exists an imbalance in power between men and women, which is apparent in heterosexual relations as well as in the economic and social spheres of life – with men having greater power than women.For most women of the Muslim countries have to pass in their whole life.

Most of the women of Muslim societies are uneducated and deprived of resources, making them unaware of their civil, legal and sexual rights, economically vulnerable and largely dependent on men.Due to these inequalities, women are more susceptible to contracting Different research has shown, more than 50 Muslim countries – those in which 40 percent of more of the population practices some form of Islam – only two have organized efforts to combat the epidemic. “Night butterflies”are the prostitutes who are told in many western countries.Muslim women go to western country for work and they are forced to do this business as they have no other way to do this work. In some cases, Muslim women who come finding for work but at the end they were in a trap of sin, poverty, exploitation, hopelessness and fear. Indeed many of them are killed if they try to go out from this work and others who have an interest in seeing them secure in their cages. Women are not allowed to work or even go out in public without a male relative.

Sexuality, considered a private matter, is a taboo topic for discussion.Homes where a woman is present must have their windows painted so that she can never be seen by outsiders. They must wear silent shoes so that they are never heard. Women live in fear of their lives for the slightest misbehavior. Because they cannot work, those without male relatives or husbands are either starving to death or begging in the street, even if they are higher educated. Depression is becoming so widespread that it has reached emergency levels. There is no way in such an extreme Islamic society to know the suicide rate with certainty, but relief workers are estimating that the suicide rate among women must be extraordinarily high: those who cannot find proper medication and treatment for severe depression.Husbands have the power of life and death over their women relatives, especially their wives In these countries, there is no reason to talk about sex on television.

AIDS within the Muslim World

AIDS is far more than a medical and biological problem.Muslim countries, are protected from HIV/AIDS due to religious and cultural norms. But recently they are facing a rapidly rising threat due to illegal sexual activities. HIV prevention is underutilized. The social stigma attached to HIV/AIDS that exists in all societies is much more pronounced in Muslim cultures. Unwanted sex, adultery, prostitution, homosexuality and drug use which are the major key factors for spreading HIV/AIDS in the Muslim countries.There are difference between religious teaching and practices.AIDS depends on effecting change in behavior and lifestyle to break the chain of transmission. This is all the more challenging as it  is injurious to health.Iran has introduced sex-education as part of the health curriculum at the school level. Well  pharmacies are beginning to sell syringes over the counter to discourage the use of dirty needles which will very helpful to reduce HIV attack.Muslims must recognize that in many instances there is a gap between religious teaching and practice; risky behaviors that may not be allowed by Islam are indeed practiced. The main challenge is how to overcome this gap.

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