Cultural Revolutions

Aids, Condoms, and Liberals

Since I’ve just finished reading a two-page spread in the Wall Street Journal on sexual assault among staff at the United Nations, I hesitate to refer to a U.N. report in support of what I am about to say on sexual incontinence and AIDS.  Still, here it is, as quoted by Edward C. Green, a senior research scientist at Harvard, in a letter to the Washington Post last March: “In 2003, Norman Hearst and Sanny Chen of the University of California conducted a condom effectiveness study for the United Nations’ AIDS program and found no evidence of condoms working as a primary HIV-prevention measure in Africa.”

The United Nations, Harvard, the University of California, and the Washington Post—in short, the left.  And look where they find themselves: lining up with the Pope on AIDS.  In March, the Pope visited Africa and said the epidemic of AIDS “can’t be resolved with the distribution of condoms, on the contrary, there is the risk of increasing the problem.”  That could have come straight from the U.N. report.  And nothing could make the United Nations more nervous.  As Dr. Green says, “We liberals who work in the fields of global HIV/AIDS and family planning take terrible professional risks if we side with the pope on a divisive topic such as this.”

Which is why the United Nations disowned the Hearst-Chen report pretty quickly. ...

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