Ebola and ‘African’ Sexuality: Life in the Old Fantasy Yet?

25 Apr

Don't Get Stuck With HIV

“Ebola can be transmitted sexually for weeks after recovery – education is crucial”, blurts the English Guardian headline of an article written by an academic from an English development institution.

Not one single case of sexually transmitted ebola has ever been demonstrated, in nearly 40 years. The presence of the virus in some form in semen has been demonstrated. But the possibility that the virus can be transmitted via that semen has not. And the author is even, to some extent, aware of this.

So why do the media rant on about sexually transmitted ebola? Could it be a continuation of some of the racist views of Africans that date back many decades, perhaps centuries? Several decades (at least) before HIV was identified, it was assumed that prevalence of certain sexually transmitted infections in African countries, such as syphilis and gonnorhea, was a result of ‘promiscuity’.

More enlightened researchers published…

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