Disaster is being brewed slowly by slowly. One wonders who makes deliberations in these organizations like World Health Organization.
According to WHO, people who don’t have sex or struggle to find a sexual partner to have children with will now be considered as disabled, according to new guidelines that may be announced.
The website that wrote about it first said, “Until now, infertility the failure to achieve pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sex – was not considered a disability. But now in dramatic move the World Health Organization will change the standard to suggest that a person who is unable to find a suitable sexual partner or is lacking a sexual relationship to have children will now be equally classified as disabled. WHO says the change will give every individual “the right to reproduce”.
They go on to say that gay people will also have the same right to having children through IVF and surrogacy.
One would imagine that in the wake of the fact that gay people have more HIV prevalence than other ordinary people, gay people would be the ones with a disability that is even more dangerous, but no, being single is the problem, the fact that HIV is more in the marrieds notwithstanding.
Statistics show that in 2014, an estimated 44,073 people were diagnosed with HIV infection in the United States. Gay and bisexual men accounted for an estimated 83% (29,418) of HIV diagnoses among males and 67% of all diagnoses.
Black/African American gay and bisexual men accounted for the largest number of estimated HIV diagnoses (11,201), followed by white gay and bisexual men (9,008).
Gay and bisexual men accounted for 83% (29,418) of the estimated new HIV diagnoses among all males aged 13 and older and 67% of the total estimated new diagnoses in the United States. Gay and bisexual men aged 13 to 24 accounted for an estimated 92% of new HIV diagnoses among all men in their age group and 27% of new diagnoses among all gay and bisexual men. Gay and bisexual men accounted for an estimated 54% (11,277) of people diagnosed with AIDS. Of those men, 39% were African American, 32% were white, and 24% were Hispanic/Latino.
The scenario in Canada however is more alarming. According to 2014 national HIV estimates, there are 349,837 Men having sex with men (MSM) in Canada. This represents 2.4% of the Canadian population 15 years and older.MSM are 131 times more likely to get HIV than men who do not have sex with men.The HIV incidence rate was 469 per 100,000 MSM and it was 3.6 per 100,000 men who do not have sex with men.Over half of all new HIV infections in Canada are in MSM (incidence).This varies considerably across Canada.
One wonders from which direction of the Sustainable Development goals the WHO is looking at this. Just when one thought that from the above statistics, there would be an intervention to rehabilitate gay men if not for anything but just to stop the prevalence of HIV, but they choose to do the reverse.
In Africa where HIV is most prevalent, single people are a much safer cohort than the married people. The divorced and widowed are also more at risk, as most studies have found.
Health is a big area that cannot mainly looked at as how someone is able to have sex or not. Yes the ability to explore sexuality is a component of how healthy someone is but when this same attribute is a source of disease, then it becomes a new dangerous exposure that should be discouraged and not encouraged by of all people the WHO.
Data about gay men and HIV in Africa is still scanty because it stays a largely prohibited act in most of the countries.
On wonders if in the next development goals set by the UN, accepting gay people won’t feature. At that time may be Fr. Lokodo will be long gone, in 2030.
Still, one looks at the future of Africa with a squint, as far as some of these deliberations are concerned.