HIV/Aids

18 July 2011

Zim lawyer: once-a-month sex to fight HIV

A Zimbabwean lawmaker has called on scientists to develop a chemical to dull men's libido and enable them to have sex once a month to curb the spread of HIV/Aids.

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A Zimbabwean lawmaker has called on scientists to develop a chemical to dull men's libido and enable them to have sex once a month to curb the spread of HIV/Aids, a state daily reported.

Senator Sithembile Mlotshwa told the upper house of parliament that scientists should "look into the issue of trying to inject men with a substance that will make them lose their appetite," during a debate on access to HIV/Aids treatment.

"I want to contribute by saying all the other avenues have been looked into and the only avenue left is for us parliamentarians to decide or suggest reducing the appetite of men and their insatiable greed for women."

Zimbabwe is one of the countries worst affected by the HIV/Aids pandemic, although the rate of infection has gone down.

Extra-marital relationships are among the drivers spreading the pandemic.

(Sapa, July 2011) 

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