$1.4bn “Wasted” on African anti-HIV Program

A $1.4 billion U.S. taxpayer-funded anti-AIDS campaign to teach Africans sexual responsibility has failed completely and the money has been wasted, it has emerged.

The campaign forms part of the George W. Bush-created U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
According to a new report in the Scientific American, the latest waste of money “was supposed to prevent the spread of HIV—but it didn’t work.” The Scientific American report revealed that a “rigorous comparison of national data from countries that received abstinence funding” from PEPFAR with those that got none of the funding, showed no difference in the age of first sexual experience, the number of sexual partners, or teenage pregnancies—all aspects of behaviors which are linked to a higher risk of becoming infected with HIV.

PEPFAR was funded by Congress with bipartisan support solely to fight AIDS in Africa. It included billions to distribute anti-retroviral drugs, but one third of the money went to “HIV prevention programs” aimed at teaching sexual responsibility.

This included sex education classes in schools and public health announcements on billboards and the radio.

According to the PEPFAR website, the organization operates in the following African states: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

In 2013, an estimated 24.7 million Africans were living with HIV, accounting for 71 percent of the global total. In the same year, there were an estimated 1.5 million new HIV infections and 1.1 million AIDS-related deaths.

Southern Africa is the worst affected region and is widely regarded as the epicenter of the global HIV epidemic. Swaziland has the highest HIV prevalence of any country worldwide (27.4 percent) while South Africa has the largest epidemic of any country—5.9 million people are living with HIV.

In Africa, AIDS is primarily a heterosexual disease, in contrast to the West where it is primarily a homosexual disease. The reason for this is because HIV is, like any sexually transmitted disease (STD), the product of sexual promiscuity, rather than any particular sex act.

In other words, the higher the degree of sexual promiscuity—that is, the higher the number of different sex partners—the greater the chance of catching an STD, including AIDS.

HIV thus disproportionately affects those groups who are most sexually promiscuous—or sexually irresponsible—homosexuals and Africans.