A number of people living with HIV/AIDS have revealed that they were infected with HIV through the use of condoms six years ago. ThisDay newspaper reports that “the women among them also claimed they were lured into the use of the Cellulose Sulphate Gel for the supposed prevention of vaginal HIV infection.” ((http://www.thisdayonline.com/)
Presenting their case at the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, the group claimed “that Nigerian authorities in collaboration with some international organisations like the Family Health International (FHI), Population Services International (PSI), Korea based U Need US Corporation and United States based Contraceptive Research Development (CONRAD) used them as guinea pigs to test some condoms that were new in the market. In the wake of this development, they claimed they contacted HIV.”
Apart from their sad experience at the hands of internationally-funded sex-promoting NGOs (in collusion with unscrupulous and naïve government officials), the plaintiffs further supported their claim by referring to a report by the New England Journal of Medicine which affirmed that “Cellulose sulfate did not prevent HIV infection and may have increased the risk of HIV acquisition”.
The plaintiffs are therefore praying the Court to declare that the approval of condom and its advertisement by the defendants as preventing HIV when used for sexual intercourse is deceptive and fraudulent. In particular, they want the implementation of the national policy on HIV, endorsing the use of condoms, to be suspended. Justice Gladys Olotu has adjourned the matter till January 20, 2011 for further hearing.
Of course, as we have pointed out several times, it is elementary to see that the use of condoms will encourage more promiscuous sex and therefore guarantees more HIV infections as the population of sexually active people swells up. By the same logics, it is clear that legalizing/mainstreaming abortion, while providing safer abortions, will nevertheless result in more abortion-related deaths. For more on condoms (carcinogenicity, permeability to deadly microorganisms, etc, see CA! Vol 8 No 1.)