Thursday, July 19, 2007

Domesticating the condom

This catchy phrase, "domesticating the condom," was uttered by Dr Debrework Zewdie, head of the Global HIV/AIDS programme at the World Bank.

Before you have images of big game hunters carefully aiming their sights at a circle of latex, Dr Zewdie meant that AIDS activists have failed to persuade married couples to use condoms.

And as married couples are the most likely group in Africa to become infected with AIDS (and Africa itself is the most likely place for people to become infected with AIDS), our inability to domesticate the condom is a crisis. Imagine if we hadn't domesticated the cow. Or the horse. Or the dog. We have to evolve to another level.

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