Tuesday, August 22, 2006

What's the Point?

Sometimes people just annoy me. Especially this person:

Obama to take public AIDS test in Africa

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., announced in South Africa he will be publicly tested for AIDS in the Kenyan village where his father lived.
Obama, speaking at the headquarters of the Treatment Action Campaign outside Cape Town, said the gesture will be an effort to break the stigma for HIV testing, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday.

Now honestly, what is the point in this?  Does Mr. Obama think he has AIDS?  I doubt it..  Is he going to be waiting anxiously by the phone or losing sleep at night whilst he waits for a call from some doctor in South Africa?  Absolutely not. If AIDS were really a concern would he call on the doctors of this small Kenyan village?  Surely not!  He would pursue the best possible medical attention right here in the United States.

"Leaders, I think, have a responsibility to speak honestly and clearly about these issues," Obama said. "So, a lot of times, I think leading by example could be very helpful, and that is something I would like to do."
The senator told the assembled crowd outside the headquarters of the AIDS awareness organization prevention is an important part of fighting HIV.
"There is no stigma in using condoms in the United States," he said. Employees of the senator, who said he had been previously tested for the disease as part of his life insurance policy, said they expect thousands of men to follow his example in Kenya, where Obama is seen as a celebrity.

This is purely and simply a publicity stunt and an outlet for Obama to shine in his self proclaimed Kenyan celebrity status, and frankly I don't want to hear from him.

Further more, while there may not be a stigma for condom use (actually, condom use is so common and accepted as a part of everybody's everyday life that the Resident Assistant on my floor keeps a big bowl of them on his desk for "anybody who needs them at an unexpected time"), but abstinence--which we all know is the only sure way to prevent the contraction and/or spread of STD's-- has become such a highly stigmatized activity that it is more and more often being neglected in the constant mouth-blabbing about AIDS awareness and prevention..  Obama should try preaching abstinence that and see how long it takes for his fellow democrats to jump all over him, just like they do President Bush even as he spends more than any other American President on the African AIDS crisis.

I am tired of hearing about the African AIDS crisis.  I'm tired of hearing about the AIDS crisis at all. Without the preaching of absolute abstinence until marriage and unwavering monogamy afterwards, any attempt to fight AIDS or other STD's is a futile waste of money.

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