Vigs al hoe meer onder ouer mense – Skokkende statestieke, en die SA’se minister van Gesondheid. Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, se beste advies is om mans te laat besny.

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Vigs al hoe meer onder ouer mense

2011-11-29 22:58

 Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister van gesondheid, by die uitreiking van die MIV/vigs-verslag vir 2010 in Pretoria. Foto: Lisa Hnatowicz

Antoinette Pienaar

Die skerp styging in die voorkoms van MIV onder mense bo 35 beteken dalk die regering moet met sy bewusmakingsprogramme begin fokus op getroude paartjies.

Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister van gesondheid, het gister by die uitreiking van die 2010-MIV/vigsverslag in Pretoria gesê hy is bekommerd oor die toename in dié groep, terwyl die voorkoms bestendig gebly het in jonger groepe.

Die peiling is in Oktober verlede jaar gedoen by 1424 van die staat se sowat 4200 voorgeboorteklinieke. 30,2% van die vroue was MIV-positief, teenoor 29,4% die vorige jaar.

Volgens die navorsers kan die effense styging toegeskryf word aan die toename onder ouer vroue, eerder as jonges.

Verlede jaar was 38,4% van swanger vroue tussen 35 en 39 MIV-positief teenoor 35,4% die vorige jaar.

Die voorkoms onder vroue tussen 40 en 49 is op van sowat ’n kwart tot net minder as ’n derde.

Volgens Motsoaledi kan dit wees dat antiretrovirale medisyne (ARM) meer ouer mense langer laat lewe, maar die toename kan ook te doen hê daarmee dat vroue nie kan onderhandel vir kondoomgebruik binne vaste verhoudings nie. Dit word deur sommige mans as ’n teken van losbandigheid of wantroue beskou as ’n vrou daarop aandring.

“Dit … gaan eintlik nie oor die vroue nie, maar oor die mans. MIV is ’n siekte wat deur mans versprei word en wat vroue laat ly,” het Motsoaledi gesê.

Hy glo die kwessie moet getakel word deur mans te teiken, byvoorbeeld wanneer hulle deelneem aan besnydenisprogramme.

Die verslag het voorts getoon sowat 3% van die 166 wit vroue wat by die klinieke aangemeld het, was MIV-positief, asook 7% van 2 930 bruin vroue, 7% van 144 Asiërs en 32,5% van meer as 28 533 swart vroue.

Meer as ’n derde van mense wat nooit skoolgegaan het nie, was met die virus besmet. Die voorkoms van MIV onder geskeides (39%) en mense wat ’n maat aan die dood afgestaan het (41,7%), was hoër as by enkellopendes (31,2%) en getroudes (25%).

Net gemiddeld 65% van MIV-positiewes het geweet hulle dra die virus.

Volgens Motsoaledi was die effense toename nie statisties beduidend nie, maar is die regering steeds erg bekommerd oor dele van KwaZulu-Natal waar 40% van vroue die virus dra.

Die regering raam 17% tot 17,9% van Suid-Afrikaners tussen 15 en 49 is nou MIV-positief.

Syfers

  • Meer as 4 miljoen Suid-Afrikaners bo 15 en 438 000 onder 15 is na raming MIV-positief
  • Daar word geraam sowat 173 000 volwassenes is in 2010 aan vigs dood
  • Net in 2010 het daar na raming 281 000 volwassenes en 54 000 kinders onder 14 met MIV besmet geraak.

 

Poepol van die Week – Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister van gesondheid

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Die Poepol van die Week prys gaan hierdie week aan Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister van gesondheid in Suid Afrika. Ons ou landjie trap mooi in die tradiesie om van die wereld se domste ministers van gesondheid aan te stel. Eers was dit knoffel en beet om VIGS mee te mediseer, en ook die honderde duisende MIV en VIGS leiers wat gesterf het omdat ons regering geweier het om die verband tussen MIV en VIGS te herken en vir MIV leiers die regte medesyne te gee nie. Nou is hulle op die besnydings ossewa. Ek wonder hoe hulle daarmee wegkom? Lyk my nie die res van die wereld wil hulle kritiseer nie, maar ek is seker daar is baie mense in wetenskaplike kringe wat hulle gatte af lag vir hierdie poepolle, al is dit nie juis snaaks nie, omdat mense se lewens in gevaar gestel word.

Mans, laat julle besny, sê minister

2011-11-25 01:44

Kaapstad. – Alle Suid-Afrikaanse mans wat nog nie besny is nie, móét die prosedure ondergaan omdat dit die kanse drasties verminder om die MI-virus op te doen.

Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister van gesondheid, het gister dié pleidooi in die Nasionale Vergadering gerig.

“Ons het bewyse dat manlike besnydenis die kanse verminder van die oordrag van die virus van man na vrou,” het hy gesê.

Motsoaledi het in die debat oor Wêreldvigsdag gesê verteenwoordigers van die regering sal op ’n landwye toer gaan om dié boodskap te verkondig. “Ons gaan ’n beroep doen op elke man wat nog nie besny is nie om te sorg dat hy besny word.”
Staatsgesondheidsgeriewe sal besnydenisse gratis uitvoer.

Hy het gesê besnydenis moet deel wees van ’n omvattende pakket boodskappe oor seksuele gesondheid. Dit sluit die gebruik van kondome en verantwoordelike gedrag teenoor seksmaats in.– Rajaa Azzakani

Christian Democrats uphold sex change sterilization demand – Surprise surprise, christians upholding draconian laws that are totally against basic human rights, and they stand strong by it. Sounds a bit like the NAZI’s to me.

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Christian Democrats uphold sex change sterilization demand

Published: 1 Jul 11 11:08 CET | Double click on a word to get a translation

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The Christian Democrats on Thursday voted to retain the demand for sterilization for those choosing to undergo a sex change, arguing that if “a woman becomes a man, she should not be able to become pregnant as a woman”.

At the party conference on Thursday in Umeå in the north of Sweden, the party rejected an earlier suggestion from the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) to remove the sterilization requirement.

“A sex-change means that you willingly subject yourself to treatment in order to change your gender, and if you do that it is also reasonable that you give up some gender-specific properties of your old sex,” Maria Larsson, minister for children and the elderly, said in a speech at the party conference on Thursday evening.

Larsson also said that Sweden is by no means unique in implementing this rule and added that it is also a question of children having the right to “define who is their mother and who is their father”.

According to legislation passed in 1972, to undergo a sex change operation a person must be over 18-years-old, a Swedish citizen, be sterilized and unmarried.

This has long been defended by the Christian Democrats but lately critical voices have risen from within the rank and file that the position is old-fashioned, and on Thursday Larsson met criticism from party members.

“This is state-imposed surgery that is mandatory in a certain situation, a mutilating surgery, and you should have very strong reasons to force that on people,” said party member Olle Sandahl in a speech.

Another party member, Caroline Szyber, said that the Christian Democrats should safeguard the sanctity of all individuals and protect their rights.

“Many, myself included, will associate forced sterilisations with the policies of the post-war era. As long as it is state-sanctioned it is coercion,” said Szyber in her speech.

Between 1934 and 1976, when there was a change in legislation, it is estimated that 63,000 mentally disabled people, epileptics and people with alleged social problems, were coerced to undergo sterilization in Sweden against their will, or pressured into agreeing to the operation in order to be allowed to marry or be released from mental institutions.

In 1999, Sweden agreed to compensate some of the victims of forced sterilization, offering each individual up to 175,000 kronor ($28,000).

Larsson was not amused by the comparison to the state imposed sterilizations in Sweden’s past.

“I feel slightly concerned when people compare this rule to the forced sterilizations from history – there is no comparison, let me be clear on that. This is about how someone willingly has chosen to change their sex,” Larsson said.

According to news agency TT, the government is divided on the issue. And at a party leader debate held during last year’s Pride festival, prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said he was keen to modernize the law.

“It’s a dark chapter in Swedish history,” he told news agency TT at the time.

But Larsson told Sveriges Radio (SR) on Thursday that, as it is only this point they don’t see eye-to-eye on, she is confident that they will be able to reach an agreement.

The Christian Democrats did however vote in favour of scrapping the demand that a married person who chooses to have a sex change must get a divorce, and the requirement that you have to be a Swedish citizen to have the procedure done.

Priest held after girl’s exorcism death

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Priest held after girl’s exorcism death

2011-11-17 11:38

Port Elizabeth – A priest and members of his congregation have been arrested for killing a child in Humansdorp, Eastern Cape police said on Thursday.

Lieutenant Colonel Priscilla Naidu said the 22-year-old priest and four of his congregants were arrested on Wednesday.

Naidu said they killed the 7-year-old girl while conducting a violent exorcism a week ago.

“The parents and the church members felt that the child was demonised [possessed] and needed prayer,” said Naidu.

Internal injuries

During the exorcism, they realised the girl needed medical attention and tried to take her to hospital, but she died on the way there.

A post-mortem revealed that she had sustained internal injuries.

Naidu said that on the night of the girl’s death, police found bruises on her body and had noted that her eyes were swollen.

“It is suspected that for that hour or two, the girl must have been pushed back and forth while she was being prayed for,” she said.

The five men arrested were expected to appear in the Humansdorp Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

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Women’s rights activist strips in Vatican

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An activist of the Ukrainian women movement Femen is taken away by Italian policemenin front of St Peter's basilica after holding a placard asking for 'Freedom for women' following Pope Benedict XVI's Angelus prayer - AFP

An activist of the Ukrainian women movement Femen is taken away by Italian policemenin front of St Peter’s basilica after holding a placard asking for ‘Freedom for women’ following Pope Benedict XVI’s Angelus prayer – AFP

A young Ukrainian women’s rights activist sneaked past security and partially stripped in front the Vatican’s Saint-Peter Basilica just after the Pope’s Sunday Angelus.

The blonde activist, initially wearing tight jeans and a see-through black tulle top, struck provocative poses against the dramatic backdrop of the basilica and the papal apartments, where Benedict XVI had given his traditional blessing moments earlier.

Legs splayed, she brandished a black placard demanding ‘Freedom for Women’ and then took her top off, according to a photographer on the scene.

Italian police labouriously subdued the topless activist, who was still kicking and screaming as they dragged her away from the papal enclave under the bewildered gaze of faithful and tourists.

She belongs to a Ukrainian women’s rights group called Femen, which campaigns against sexism and whose topless tactics have attracted increasing public attention in recent years.

The group was founded in Kiev in 2008 to combat sex tourism, prostitution and sexual harassment targeting female university students in Ukarine.

Their previous stunt was just a few blocks away on Saturday, when naked activists with their busts painted in the red, white and green colours of the Italian flag joined a mass protest against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

The 75-year-old leader, a self-confessed womaniser, is battling teenage prostitution allegations and in the eyes of many symbolises Italian machismo.

The pope, who has been accused of holding intolerant views on women’s rights, is another favourite target of Femen’s activists.

In a European tour kicked off a week ago, the brazen blondes also staged a protest – complete with mops, buckets and hotel maid uniforms – in front of disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s Paris home.