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  • Posted World AIDS Day roundup to The Pagan Prattle
    In the UK, there is still some stigma attached to HIV/AIDS, but it's nothing like the scale we see in other parts of the world. HelpAge International, noting an increase in HIV infection amongst older heterosexual couples in sub-Saharan Africa, draws our attention to what that stigma can mean: In Tanzania, older women are accused of witchcraft if a member of their family has HIV. These women are ostracised from their communities and subjected to violence and even death. Superstition still plays a part in shaping people's attitudes to the condition, and has provided some novel preventatives and "cures"....
  • Posted Dying on the cheap to The Pagan Prattle
    Today is World AIDS Day and Ben Goldacre has written an AIDS Quackery International Tour. Many of his examples are from developing nations where access to medicine is limited, but one is more embarrassing: Before you feel smug and superior, the Society of Homeopaths are holding a conference in London today featuring the work of Peter Chappell, who also claims he can make an immediate impact on the Aids epidemic using music encoded with his Aids remedies. Right now, he says, Aids in Africa could be significantly ameliorated by a simple tune played on the radio. Damningly, contemptibly, not...
  • Posted Treatment of LGBT people in Poland to The Pagan Prattle
    Poland: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people have been suffering increasing official harassment and police violence, and religion is being used as an excuse. A May 2005 protest supporting equal treatment was banned by the Mayor of Warsaw, now Poland's president, on the grounds that it was sexually obscene and offensive to other people's religious feelings. The improvised parade still took place on 10 June, gathering more than 2,500 participants. Less than a week after that, the mayor authorized the so-called normality parade, during which members of the All Polish Youth reportedly demonstrated on the streets of Warsaw and...
  • Posted World AIDS Day: Religious lunatics abound to The Pagan Prattle
    Although there are many excellent initiatives from religious groups, there are still some who see HIV/AIDS as an excuse to engage in hate speech and victim blaming. And it's not all 'Christians' pointedly ignoring the reported words and actions of Jesus - here's some extracts from a Kashmiri Muslim loon, who thinks that AIDS spreads because the West is all atheist: We can call it a sexual Glasnost. A world where buggery, bestiality, adultery, incest and all such diabolic deeds of a human being have made even devil blush with himself. The story begins with a fanciful wish of...
  • Posted World AIDS Day: Passing the blame to The Pagan Prattle
    In many societies, AIDS preventions efforts are hampered by sheer supersition. In Zambia, fears of Satanism are effecting a testing and counselling project: And Kanyama residents yesterday shunned the HIV/AIDS voluntary, counselling and testing (VCT) preliminary HIV/AIDS function, for fear that their blood samples would be used for Satanism purposes. Kanyama Member of Parliament Henry Mtonga said HIV/AIDS counsellors had faced resistance from the people in the area following last Saturday's riots in which a church was accused of practising Satanism. The Member of Parliament then went on to give credence to the rumour, contributing to the problem: Mr...
  • Posted Blaming the usual suspects to The Pagan Prattle
    France: Authorities have called for a ban on a satellite TV station operated by Hezbollah after it blamed 'Zionists' for the spread of AIDS. The CSA cited as evidence an al-Manar broadcast last week that spoke of Zionist attempts to transmit dangerous diseases like Aids through exports to Arab countries. The broadcast said Israel had no scruples about infecting Arabs and Muslims. This latest rant comes just a week the station gained approval by pledging not to incite religious hatred. 'Zionists busy with Aids warefare' - IOL, 1st December 2004....
  • Posted Yesterday's leftovers to The Pagan Prattle
    New Zealand: As it launched a new campaign featuring a nude man, the New Zealand Aids Foundation (NZAF) blamed the closet for a spike in HIV infection on the South Island. Mr Price said the surge in infections in the South Island was fuelled partly by deeply closeted men who have sex with men living in isolation from any identifiable gay community, which made it difficult to reach them with support and safe sex education... ...An earlier NZAF survey revealed that men who were isolated or too scared to come out and identify as gay were highly likely to...
  • Posted Spot the real Christians to The Pagan Prattle
    UK charity Christian Aid has urged the Blair government to influence the Bush administration to go beyond its unrealistic abstinence-only approach to AIDS prevention. Although the US has made a welcome commitment of $US 15 billion to be spent over five years in the fight against HIV/AIDS, fully a third of this money is allocated to programmes promoting 'abstinence-until-marriage'. These programmes do not include sex education and the use of condoms. While abstinence is clearly the most reliable method of avoiding HIV infection, the reality is that most people, especially young people, do not choose abstinence. In a report...
  • Posted Wat a way to go to The Pagan Prattle
    Thailand: A Buddhist monk has set up an AIDS temple in an attempt to both shock people out of complacency, and to fight indifference towards and discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS. The first stop on a tour of Wat Phrabaht Nampu temple is a glass-windowed room where 12 formaldehyde-preserved bodies lie exposed on wooden slats. Their dark brown, leathery skin is stretched taut over bones. Snapshots next to each body remind viewers that the remains in front of them were once healthy people, living ordinary lives. They include a sex worker infected by a customer, a...
  • Posted Virus spreads through risqué lyrics. to The Pagan Prattle
    Kenya: Anti-AIDS campaigners complain that their efforts to prevent the disease are frustrated by traditional beliefs: Leaders attending an Aids conference in Kisumu said self-proclaimed cultural experts were using a Kenya Broadcasting Corporation radio programme -- Abila -- to frustrate the fight against the disease by linking it to witchcraft... ...Talks on the Luo culture by some elders are retrogressive. They make people believe that Aids doesn't exist and instead link all illnesses to chira (curse), Ms Oketch said. Rather then using it as a hook to get people talking about AIDS, the campaigners wish the community would be...
  • Posted It's World AIDS Day to The Pagan Prattle
    And as usual, we have led Feòrag astray so we can report on religion, superstition and AIDS. As soon as we find out where she lives, we will arrange for the Australian Sisters to importune Red Wolf!...
  • Posted Disappointment to The Pagan Prattle
    This year's Pride Scotia march went ahead in Edinburgh yesterday. The march would not have happened at all if Tory candidate John Smart had not called for such events to be banned back in April. The march was dedicated to him, and Smart's contribution acknowledged on the website and in the event programme. But, despite his presence at previous marches, armed with Biblical banners, this year the fundie protestors were completely absent....
  • Posted Byee! to The Pagan Prattle
    Any minute now, we'll be leaving for Planet Out. So where is Novice Rosemary Beads?...
  • Posted Hot wheels. to The Pagan Prattle
    Now here's something we could use: a condom motorcycle! The designer is using it to travel around parts of India raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and safer sex. World Photos - Yahoo! News, 28th November 2002....
  • Posted A familiar character. to The Pagan Prattle
    United States: Not everyone who calls themself christian considers Jesus Christ to be a model for their own behaviour like the Texan Bishop below. Before we locked the door, Feòrag called out look out for Fred Phelps—he's a regular in the Prattle!. Fred Phelps and his family are planning to target 10 Philadelphia campuses this week in an anti-gay crusade after locals treated a preacher with the contempt he deserved when he claimed that the September 11th attacks were because America tolerated same-sex relationships. A couple of years ago, Phelps turned up at a display of the AIDS Memorial...
  • Posted Someone gets it though. to The Pagan Prattle
    A Texas bishop has called on people to pray for, and accept unconditionally, people affected by HIV/AIDS. Bishop Michael Pfeifer said: We must keep them present in our consciousness, as individuals, and as a community, and embrace them with unconditional love. World AIDS day is a reminder of the sacredness of life of all people affected by the HIV/AIDS. People suffering with this affliction are not unfamiliar people, the objects of our mingled pity and aversion. Bishop calls for 'love' for AIDS patients - Midland Reporter Telegram, 1st December 2002....
  • Posted Blaming foreigners. to The Pagan Prattle
    This year's theme for World AIDS Day is Stigma and Discrimination, and certain politicians and officials seem to think that this means they have to increase the amount of stigma and discrimination, rather than challenge it. For example, today's Independent includes an article about proposals to compulsarily test immigrants and other visitors to the UK - especially those icky non-white ones. Fortunately, public health minister Hazel Blears thinks it's a stupid and counterproductive idea. The World Health Organisation opposes such policies on the grounds that it is discrimnatory. Fresh calls for Aids tests at UK borders - The Independent, 1st...
  • Posted No ransom demanded. to The Pagan Prattle
    We have kidnapped Feòrag and will release her tomorrow. Do not try to rescue her - we dipped her in chocolate and threw her into a room full of randy, redheaded, busty lesbians, and she'll be really pissed off if you show up and spoil her fun! Today is World AIDS Day, and for the next 24 hours, the Prattle will be written by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. It's all part of Link and Think: Link and Think is an observance of World AIDS Day in the personal web publishing communities. The project involves hundreds of webloggers, journalers,...
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