“V!rgin cure” Myth: Men Who R@pe Babies and Children To “Cure” HIV/AIDS

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virgin cureBy Nigel Boys

According to Melody Hu, intern at the Anova Health Institute, Johannesburg, South Africa, there are South Africans who still believe in the myth that having s*xual intercourse with a virgin can cure them of the HIV/AIDS infection.

The institute claims that they are committed to improving the quality of public health service in the medically challenged country with a special focus on the treatment and diagnosis of the killer virus.

The Anova intern goes on to say that when an HIV-positive father recently r@ped his two-year-old daughter in the mistaken belief that it would cure him of the deadly disease, it only proved that there are still those who believe that they can be cured by this form of degradation.

According to Hu, this mistaken belief for the cure of HIV/AIDS dates back to 16th century Europe and is still widely believed in South Africa today.

The intern continues that there is an alarming increase in the number of cases of child rape in the country today and belief in the cure of AIDS is one of the primary causes of these despicable acts that are even forced on babies.

Remarkably, eighteen percent of laborers at the Daimler Chrysler plant in East London, U.K. said that they believed that having s*x with a virgin cures HIV/AIDS, according to a study by the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Another study in 1999 showed that 32% of the participants in a survey from the s*xual health educators in Gauteng, South Africa, also believed the “v!rgin myth.”

According to Hu, one of the ways that this myth can be discarded and children’s safety ensured is for the media to portray accurate information on the subject of v!rginity, child r@pe and HIV/AIDS.

The Anova intern continues that, although it is good that the media avoid the temptation to over sensationalize these cases, they should also be aware of going in the opposite direction and ignoring the facts. She adds that not reporting these cases responsibly can encourage people to continue to believe the “v!rgin cure” misinformation.