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Beyond reality: 'Condoms are only for married couples' JAYAPURA - A person responsible for social welfare in the region of Papua, Indonesia's easternmost region, Lathifah Husna, has said that condoms should only be used by married couples. "The campaign promoting condoms does not explicitly say that sexual relations - and thus condoms - are only allowed within marriage. The focus in the campaign is only laid on the fact that condoms are safe," said Husna.

She critics the fact that the condom is changing the lifestyle of the population and is promoting sexual relations outside marriage. "Condomisation is clearly not a way to prevent HIV/AIDS when free sex is more accepted," she said in a completely failed effort to express her concerns about the relation between condoms and 'free sex', as she calls it.

The then starts to talk about three wrongdoings related to sex in religion which are not even be mentioned here because they give a false sense of security as religion alone does not prevent HIV/AIDS from spreading and also doesn't stop people from trying to do what they like best, that so-called 'free sex'. The only argument she can come up with is that free sex is stimulating the spread of HIV/AIDS, while in fact it is her that is the bigger party in spreading it because condoms do actually prevent the spread of many disease.

In Indonesia, a country with a large part of the population between the ages between 18 and 29, sex has already become something 'normal' among a large group. This does not mean that they all have 'free sex' as she describes it, but merely that those people are willing to have sex with other persons than just their future husband or wife. Furthermore 'having an affair' seems to be a part of the Indonesian culture, with hotels crowding with unmarried couples during weekends.

Given these facts, any person that claims that condoms are not working to prevent anything should be asked to leave their position directly as they are spreading lies to the already badly educated population of Indonesia. Use of condoms is still very low in Indonesia. One of the most visble - or invisible if you don't know it - side-effects is that there are some two million abortions in Indonesia every year, illegal abortions because they are prohibited by Indonesian law.

Denying how things really work in Indonesia is no solution. Educate your people and tell them what the real use of a condom is. Tell them that it prevents many disease from spreading. Tell them that it does help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Tell them that you actually can prevent to become pregnant if you want to have that so-called 'free sex'. Indonesia has a long way to go, when do those who have to teach them finally see reality?

Fiesta, one of the well-known brands of condoms in Indonesia.
Fiesta, one of the well-known brands of condoms in Indonesia.



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15 November 2009 · Promoting use of condoms difficult in Indonesia
25 February 2008 · Some 2.5 million abortions in Indonesia annually

Related blog entries (category 'Health') Tags: use, AIDS, spread, education, lies, HIV, condom


Posted in Health @ 29 November 2009 00:36 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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