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“12% of those who care for AIDS patients in the world are Catholic ecclesial organizations and 13% are Catholic NGOs … The Catholic Church thus ensures 25% of the total care given, Accredited as the best support of States in the fight against AIDS. “This presentation of the work of the Catholic Church’s titanic work for the victims of AIDS is done in 2003 by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. It was at a seminar organized by the European Union for senior religious leaders (Christian Churches, Islam, Judaism). All are unanimous on one point: the underlying reason for the expansion of the pandemic lies in the lack of respect for the values
Such as chastity, fidelity and heterosexuality.
In Madagascar, the Christian denominations, especially the Catholic Church with large structures, possess an important capacity for intervention which can cover a large geographical area and reach a wide range of target groups both at the parishioners’ Of each individual. In 97% of the cases, the mode of HIV contamination is the sexual route and it is recognized that loyalty and abstinence are as effective as condoms, any other comparison apart. Thus, behavior change matters a lot in prevention. In 2003, Madagascar is generally characterized by low HIV prevalence, but the social and economic environment is likely to cause the spread of the virus to explode.
Among other reasons, the spread of HIV is closely linked to poverty. Men forced to immigrate alone to look for work find a derivative of their loneliness from prostitutes or drugs. Women abandoned or whose husbands are
Unemployment, engage in sexual transactions to earn money. Children, some of them barely 10 years of age, are trafficked into prostitution as a contribution to family survival …
In addition, at the same time there is a lack of awareness of the STI / HIV report. Thus, the prevalence rate of STIs is on average 12% for pregnant women and 30% for prostitutes. The most affected are in the age group 20-24 years, then in the
15-19 years. In addition, there is daily social behavior and an attitude towards STIs. In a southern region, for example, the characteristics of the population are unbridled sexual freedom, pronounced phallocracy and widespread illiteracy. STIs are considered to be part of the daily environment and are
“Zanatany” (son of the terroir) or “aretin-dahy” (male disease). This also suggests that women can not be affected!
The social environment in which young people also live determines their behavior before which parents feel helpless. It is also a factor of spread of the virus: pornographic films; Research by mature men of adolescents becoming younger as sexual partners; The struggle for survival of girls and rivalry between them … These are situations where the risk of contamination is very high, especially because they have a low capacity to negotiate the use of condoms by their clients, while HIV is transmitted More easily from man to woman.
In general, the concept of trust plays a central role in the decision whether or not to protect oneself in sex. Protection that is negotiated between the couple although the last word comes back to the man. The latter tends to protect himself only with his occasional partners, especially the professionals, and rarely with his wife or his regular. This is to say that he is more concerned with self-preservation than with saving himself.
Those most at risk are sex traders (teenage girls, abandoned mothers or single mothers) who can not negotiate
Protected intercourse being financially dependent. Next come the married women whose spouses are followers of multipartnership and who can not refuse them for various reasons. Finally, the professionals who are mostly already sensitized.
The problem of AIDS becomes more crucial when religions do not adapt their actions to the realities of the risks of the explosion of the disease; When religious leaders continue to oppose the use of condoms, to reject homosexuals, prostitutes, drug addicts, because “their recognition would mean accepting immoral and proscribed acts”.