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Gates Breaks Ranks with Attack on US AIDS Policy

I just read this great article at Common Yay! Bill and Melinda rule! Beyond the fact that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has single handedly (to the shame of the United States government) been funding much needed health programs in Africa, they have finally said what needs to be said:
The so-called ABC programme - abstain, be faithful and use a condom - has saved many lives, Mr Gates told the conference of more than 20,000 delegates. But he said that for many at the highest risk of infection, ABC had its limits. "Abstinence is often not an option for poor women and girls who have no choice but to marry at an early age. Being faithful will not protect a woman whose partner is not faithful. And using condoms is not a decision that a woman can make by herself; it depends on a man.

"We need to put the power to prevent HIV in the hands of women. This is true whether the woman is a faithful married mother of small children or a sex worker trying to scrape out a living in a slum. No matter where she lives or what she does, a woman should never need her partner's permission to save her own life."

The Gates Foundation is funding research into microbicides - gels or barrier creams that a woman can use before sex and that could destroy the virus.

Although, I admit to being a Mac user I really admire the Gates Foundation and their work and dedication. Who knows how many lives their foundation has saved while everyone else seems willing to look the other way while Africa falls apart? Bill Gates was my mentor in high school (yet, another mentor!) and it still impresses me to this day that in the midst of taking his company public he still took the time to meet with us high school students attending the Governor's School for Citizen Leadership in Seattle in 1986. He's one great guy. I won't comment on Windows, but as a human being, I admire him greatly.
Jacqueline Keeler
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