A Doctor’s Prescription: The Best Thing to wear to Prevent AIDS


Dr. Parvathy V Das, a medical doctor, diagnoses the reasons for the AIDS and recommends that condoms are ineffective in preventing the spread of AIDS. However, she prescribes a 100% safe method to prevent AIDS.

….. a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall. Mathew 7:27

A specter is haunting across the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated statistics on the AIDS infected persons shows that in 2003, an estimated 1,039,000 to 1,185,000 persons in the United States were living with HIV/AIDS (24-27% undiagnosed and unaware of their HIV infection). In India, WHO estimates point to around 18142 cases of reported AIDS in the year 2005. An estimated 36 million adults are infected with HIV worldwide, acquired primarily via heterosexual contact. Much has been said and done to prevent the alarming spread of AIDS.

In India, governmental and non-governmental institutions have been promoting condoms to prevent this curse. But is the ‘unsafe sex’ the real culprit? Are the condoms effective enough to prevent the AIDS? Let us examine the facts to answer these questions.

Is the ‘Unsafe’ Sex or Unfaithful Sex the Real Culprit?

The God given gift of sex with or without contraceptives in itself is not a cause of AIDS. The chances of HIV spreading through sexual route is 0.1 -1% compared to the blood product transfusion (90 to 95%) or from mother to baby (20-40%). If this is the probability, one would expect the maximum number of HIV infected in the country to be from blood product transfusion, followed by mother to baby and the least from sexual transmission. However, out of all the cases of HIV infection in the country, 85% of them are acquired by sexual transmission. So, it is not the virus or even the God given method of procreation that is the culprit but the risky behavior of the unscrupulous men.

Here one would expect the government and the NGOs to spread this news and take measures to reduce the unfaithful sex (sex outside the marriage). But the government and NGOs behave as though these facts are not known and the best way to reduce the spread of AIDS is condoms. But can one piece of rubber really withhold this curse? Let the facts speak.

Condom: It’s Principle and Pitfalls      A condom is a small bag shaped object made from latex or polyurethane used to prevent pregnancy. It acts as a physical barrier and prevents the penetration of sperm. In the setting of prevention of HIV the same principle is used. The latex material acts as a fence against the virus. But this method has not proven itself as foolproof. There are many pitfalls and obstacles for the effectiveness of condoms.

  1.     Using a condom is cumbersome.

  2.     It has to be inserted correctly and withdrawn after each sexual act. A fresh
        one has to be used every time.

  3.     Breakage or slippage of the condom annuls the purpose.

  4. A false sense of security: One may acquire a Sexually Transmitted Infection, remain asymptomatic and keep spreading the infection.

  5. Condoms are untrustworthy. The integrity of the latex rubber is lost during storage and transport causing breakage and tears.

  6. Condoms will break 8% of the time and slip off 7% of the time.

In technical terms, these would result in a 'contraceptive failure'. The propagators of condoms may argue it will reduce the risk and rather than prevent it. However, the public at large do not understand the difference between "condoms may reduce risk of" and "condoms will prevent" HIV transmission. So, it’s unethical to bring about a false sense of security and cheat the entire humanity.

Effectiveness of contraceptives in controlling pregnancies and AIDS

It must be noted here that contraceptive failures (measured as number of pregnancies per woman year) are maximum in condom usage, a 15% failure rate.. This occurs because the breech of the physical barrier occurs easily and the seminal fluid comes in contact with the vaginal mucosa resulting in fertilization Even a gynecologist will acknowledge the same fact and ascertain that only pills have 100% contraceptive efficacy.

If this is the situation in contraception then how can the spread of the HIV virus be prevented? The same route of failure throws away the much hyped security barricade against HIV infection.

HIV virus is much smaller than a human sperm (2.5 to 3.5 microns width) with a diameter of 300 to 500 nanometers. Latex rubber contains pores of the order 5 – 1 microns. This difference is enough to allow theoretical passage of the virus. It is a falsehood to spread that condoms can prevent AIDS.

Who is the unfortunate victim of this falsehood?

Sadly it is the younger generation. Today’s teenagers are exposed to a sex-education which primarily teaches them that they cannot control their sexual desires, and that they must use condoms to protect themselves. The media adds much to this by immense vulgarity prevalent in the film.

There are just so many pitfalls in condom use that you just can't expect immature teenagers to use them properly. And even if they do, they are still at risk.  Discipline and order taught to teenagers are more of advantage if they are convinced that it is beneficial. Will not a teenage boy work out fervently for body building? Wouldn’t a teenage girl be diligent in things of her interest like dance etc? Evidence is that school and peer group based teaching of abstinence is more effective and helps them stay away from sexual activity altogether until marriage.

Right information is important in enabling them to make logical choices not a premature exposure to sexual practices. Every teenage should be taught to turn away from sex rather than be encouraged by open discussions of condom based ‘safe sex’.

The Best Thing to Wear

The best common sense solution as

protection is abstinence until marriage and to be faithful to one uninfected partner for life. Almost all risk of STD and out-of-wedlock pregnancy can be avoided by saving intercourse for marriage. Should we fight the risky behavior and teach abstinence as 'sex education' or should we allow perdition to flourish and relax in an umbrella of folly? Would the government and business markets proclaim 'you can do whatever you want; we have condoms as the solution'?

To all who would like to experiment with sex, the only best thing to wear during the time is your wedding gown/suit.


References:

  1. A handbook for physicians in treatment of Aids – provided by The Clinton Foundation in conjunction with National Aids Control Organization (NACO)
  2. A physician guide – also provide by NACO
  3. http://gila.networklogistic.net
  4. http://www.who.int/GlobalAtlas/predefinedReports/EFS2006/EFS_PDFs/EFS2006_IN.pdf
  5. http://www.aidsonline.com
  6. http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/safesex.html

 


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9 Responses

  1. Dr. The information is valuable and useful, I commend the points presented.

  2. Does the government need to teach anyone that one has to be faithful? It is there in every culture. Maharishi Vishamithra did tapas for years together. But when Rambha came he was tempted. If maharishi could not remain absitence, how would ordinary mortal practice it? Any answer doctor?

  3. Ordinary mortal assumes he cannot practice abstinence and to an extent it would remain true if so called “maharishi’s” remain their role models. The only solution then would be to follow the One and only Man who withstood all temptations inspite being just a man. When Christ was tempted in the wilderness by Satan, He rebuked him by answering,”…. It has been written, MAN shall not ….”. You decide whom to follow? Regarding whether Govt. need to teach, Didn’t Government need to promote vaccination through medical services? Doesn’t the same Govt stand for breast feeding campaigns? Even WHO acknowledges a hospital as Baby Friendly only if it has a breast feeding policy? Why should a mother be taught that she must feed her own baby? Isn’t this teaching?

  4. There was a man named “Knife” who killed and raped 50 girls then another man called “Gun” did much more then Knife.

    Gun after performing his actions once said, “If “Knife” could not abstain and refrain from killing and raping then how ‘I’ a lesser mortal can abstain”

    One may ask, what are morals? Are morals concerned with just following and doing what other’s do?

    Before following and imitating Knife, Gun should have asked, “Are Knifes actions moral or immoral.”

    Hence, if we want to be moral we must follow a moral person; moreover a great and famous person by doing an immoral act would not change immorality into morality.

    Additionally, one does not manufacture and invent morals by one’s action rather a person becomes a saint by following and by acting in a moral way.

    So we may conclude morals do not change, but we change from being immoral to being moral by following morals.

    Finally Jesus Christ is this moral being who does not change and by following and imitating him we would be moral and by not following and imitating him we would be immoral.

  5. What a wonderful remedy! The doctor prescribed. This piece would have been published in a medical journal or a secular directory. I don’t think it is suitable for a Christian Web. I am really shocked to read this in a Christian web, I am really sorry to note this. I think the web masters’ are in dearth of stuff. Alas, not a Bible verse is quoted in support of her argument, Masters, is it not a Christian Website? Sorry Dr.

  6. Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things. (NKJ)

    Bible says “whatever things are true”. Isn’t this article true?

    Bible addresses all subjects unlike modern day “spiritual” christians. Have you read song of solomon? Have you found the word “God” in the book of Esther? For that matter, there are many sermons of Jesus where he has not quoted a single Biblical verse. How unspiritual? I think all Truth is God’s truth. There is nothing called spiritual and secular. Jesus is the Lord over all realms including physcial. However, due to the negligence of “spiritual” Christians, evil one has been leading in many relams.

    (FYI: You forgot to mention the Bible verse for your comment. Can you please add that?).

  7. Dear Sis Ann,

    You forgot to read the initial verse in my article. I was just pointing out how worldly wisdom has caused the system to accept a fraudulent security, which forms the sandy foundation of all that is AIDS awareness today. Compare it with the stern rule of Gods word to run away from sexual impurity, which would form the rock foundation of a Christian.

  8. Dear Sis Ann,

    Thank you for responding to my article. As a doctor i feel my duty is to contribute from my field to the growth of the church. Sure i have not quoted verses extensively but didn’t i mention about marriage and faithfulness? Wasn’t marriage instituted by God? When i spoke against the promotion of condoms, i was speaking against the infedility that would follow this trend. Christian’s thinking and His devotion should penetrate every aspect of his life and He should be vary of any form of temptation that would deviate his way.

  9. A very good write up, thanks for the analysis, and putting it together for us to go through, it was very useful

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