Sunday, June 6, 2010

Polygamy Unfairly Blamed

Someone is actually blaming polygamy for the spread of HIV.

The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) has described polygamous relationships as a key contributor in the spread of the deadly HIV-AIDS pandemic in southern Africa.

Someone who isn’t HIV+ will not infect other people, no matter how many spouses that person has. HIV+ people engaging in unprotected sex spread HIV, not polygamy.

Meanwhile, a UN study, which was released during 2008 on the Kingdom of Swaziland, has also concluded that practices like polygamy and promiscuity are driving rampant HIV-AIDS in the tiny mountain kingdom where nearly 40 percent of adults are infected with the virus.

Promiscuity should not be lumped together with polygamy.

Swaziland's absolute monarch King Mwasti III has thirteen wives and polygamy is widely practiced in the kingdom. The impoverished mountainous kingdom has been particularly badly hit by southern Africa's AIDS pandemic. South African President Jacob Zuma is also a polygamist.

Namibia’s HIV-AIDS infection rate ranges between 19 and 22 percent.

That is terrible, but polygamy shouldn’t be blamed.
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