Poz Mikey

3/10/2008

The Virgin Cure

In third world countries there is a belief that sleeping with a virgin will cure sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS. Most of the time these cases involve infants from five months years of age up to young teens. These cases which are considered rape includes both male and female but most of them are female.

This belief stemmed from 16th century Europe all the way to 19th century Victorian England. They believed at that time by sleeping (Raping) a virgin would cure diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhea and other STD's. At that time syphilis was terminal as HIV/AIDS is chronic/terminal.

Now a days, the uneducated still practice this belief in third world countries influenced by European culture. Three of the hot spots in this world believing in this practice are South Africa, India and Thailand. They still believe that sleeping with (raping) young children will cure them of HIV/AIDS.

Most of these paedophiliacs are men and they usually are multiple offenders. It is estimated in South Africa alone there is as many as 60 children raped a day. Most of these rapes are family members of the family or who are friends of the family. It should be noted the mother of these rape victims are in there early 20's. It should also be noted that these rapes usually takes place in the mother's place for residence.

Again this shows me the cultural differences of this world. It also shows me the importance of educating about HIV/AIDS and other STD's. Keeping the facts in the forefront of the public mind is one way to slow down the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Footnote- This was one of the hardest postings I have written without being judgmental.

2 Comments:

  • I have a question. Where did you find all your information? I'm writing a paper about "The Virgin Cure" and would love to use some of the information you have provided. My teacher requests that I make sure it is 100% accurate though.

    Thank You!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 5:22 PM  

  • I am from south africa and I can tell you for a fact that it is a widespread belief amongst the rural population that sleeping with a virgin will cure you from aids. We are trying our utmost to dispel that belief now though. Look on Wikipedia for some street signs about it. Search for virgin myth

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 2:36 AM  

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