Now before I get cut down like tree in the Amazonian rain forest, hear me out.
Firstly, let me congratulate the developers and researchers on producing a microbicide vaginal gel that reduces the transmission of HIV by 50%. That’s great. That’s a huge leap forward, considering we had nothing before. So having moved from Zero to One is great in that respect.
What gets my goat is how this has been touted as “finally there is hope for women”. Finally, women have something to fight the risk of HIV infection.
Now let me clear something up. This isn’t a quick fix solution. The gel has to be applied 12 hours before intercourse, and then within 2 hours after intercourse to have the stated efficacy.
Hmm…lets think about that….the woman has to apply it 12 hours BEFORE she will be forced/urged/coerced into having UNPROTECTED intercourse. How will she know this? And if she knows she’ll be doing this, shouldn’t she be encouraging her partner to use a condom?
To me, this isn’t going to empower women, its going to further entrench the fact that many women are in abusive relationships and we’re going to condone it. Not only are we going to condone it, but we’re going to give them something to feel better about it.
Bottom line is this. If your partner doesn’t respect your wishes and fears enough to A. get tested for HIV, and B. wear a condom (which is both contraceptive and protective against STD), then drop him like its hot, and move on.
Lets be clear. The Vaginal Gel is a poor choice in the Fight against HIV.
Follow the A B C rather. Abstain. Be Faithful. Condomise.
Thats my 2 cents. What’s your comments?