Here's an eloquent speech from Melinda Gates on why "for many of the world's women, marriage is not a refuge from AIDS. It's a risk factor."
I am so RIGHT THERE READY for these microbicidal gels which we could put in our vaginas and vanquish all nasty STD's on the spot.
Of course I'm worried about the side effects— women have learned that hard way that even Mr. Bubble can give you as nasty itching and burning sensation. But the implications for this method of self-protection are enormous.
Men transmit STDs through intercourse to women far, far more easily than the reverse. Semen and blood are the two transmissive culprits that outweigh all others.
If we could equip women to stop HIV in its tracks— that's the end of AIDS propagation as we know it.
Of course there will be those who claim that such a lifesaving prophylactic will inspire "teen sex cults."
I say, bring them on. Save Africa, save worldwide public health, save your daughters future, and save me from sanctimony. I'll take a million lives saved for every teeny weenie party.
Gee, the worst thing that could happen is that having sex might be less physically dangerous, something that women are not terrorized by... kinda like things were heading 30 years ago.
I tried to get my hands on microbicidal jellies a while back, when there was a medical trial that recruited porn stars in the Valley. I was once a porn actor for about three minutes, so I tried to get in on the study, but failed. Whatever happened with that? If it turns out to be lemon juice and cayenne, I'm going to be so mad!
Billboard photo from Namibia/Botswana border.