Imagine my bewilderment when i heard that South Africa was asking its citizens with HIV or the AIDS virus to get tattoo-ed on their private parts? Yes you read correctly, somehow the government of South Africa believes people with HIV should have a tattoo on their penis or vagina. They have actually passed a law – read here. But really why? If the person tests positive and doesn’t want to tattoo it, there is a freedom not to do so. Shouldn’t the focus be on education of the general population so that people understand how the virus is transmitted?
Sometimes i think about Africa and it makes me tired. In furtherance to the rubbish above, they are offering to pay these people 50,000 rands which is equivalent to about $4,000. The first 10 million people with confirmed HIV status will be paid the said amount. Now do the calculation of this amount – $40 million. South Africa isn’t exactly a rich country, so why do they come up with such silly ideas? Many people have sex in the dark, so are they going to even see the tattoos on their partner before sex? Or oh i have an idea, make the tattoo glow in the dark? And do they not have programs that would be better served by the money in question.
Given that people are not as cautious as they should be when it comes to sexual partners. There needs to be more of an emphasis on education and testing of potential partners before getting in the sack with them.
I can’t even speak beyond what i have read. I just can’t as in this is a matter of “bye Felicia”, “you gotta be kidding me” type thing.
I have a few questions, is the practice justified? And if your “enemy” was HIV positive would you advise them to go for it? What do you think the solution to the HIV epidemic is?
The giveaway for the week is an Insignia flex 10.1 tablet- 16GB.
Please note the community member with the highest number of comments in total for the week – from all the posts from 11 May 2015 t0 16 May midnight wins the tablet as pictured above. Good luck to everyone. Item will be picked up either in Ikoyi or Victoria Island or Lagos Island by the winner.