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Condom ad sparks 'war between morality and health'

21 March 2013, 18:13 Paul Orodi

Recent days have seen the public lament over an advert on the media that is advocating for condom use by unfaithful couples.

Health experts and those championing for reduction of HIV/AIDs prevalence are supporting the advert saying morals have decayed to the extent that this is the only way to save future generations while moralists believe it is the wrong way to approach the matter.

Between morals and health, what is easier to address in the fastest way possible?

A senior campaigner in the war against HIV infection has been put on record saying, “…this is clearly a war between morality and health but as you can see our morals have decayed so this is the only way left.”

This is a very serious statement because it questions where the church and its spiritual leaders are. Have we thrown away our morals to the dogs? Is the society at a point of no return?

My voice is like a drop in the ocean when it comes to the war against HIV and AIDS.

There are many stakeholders in the campaign ranging from foreign donors to the government.

However, personally, I think the war on HIV and AIDs should be addressed from a moral point of view so as to bring in the health aspect.

We are instead addressing it from a health aspect leaving no chance to morals.

Marriage is a union between two people whether they love one another or not, as long as they are both adults beyond the legal age of 18 years; they both have a choice to make.

Some marriages are traditional, others are legal but most of them are religious marriages.

There are no health marriages and therefore to use health as the number one angle to fire at the HIV and AIDS infection rise is absurd.

Morality dictates that, the good deeds should outweigh the bad.

This is not to mean that people should be perfect but that they should do more good than bad.

What is good in a marriage? It is the obvious - fidelity.

Whether you love your spouse or not the most important thing is to be faithful to them and stay true to your promise of sticking by them until death do you part.

Advising couples to step up condom use in order to safely continue having affairs is absurd.

When children who can interpret such material see that adults are championing for condom use within unmarried partners, then more harm than good is done to society.

This is because they will see their very role models advocating for unfaithfulness and to them, infidelity will look like an acceptable act.

Now, with that chain of destruction being so long as to reach children aged about 12 to 13 years, are we doing any good to the greater population or absolute harm?

As adults, we are not here to stay forever.

Our children need direction so as to grow as respectable members of the society.

We need the next generation to comprise men and women of honor and dignity but this cannot and will never be achieved if we continue with our ridiculous arguments of assigning health solutions to moral problems.

Morality is a duty of humanity to uphold and be accountable for because decay of morals in society results to increased prostitution, homosexuality, adultery, rape and so on.

Now, since we are advocating for condom use among unfaithful couples, will we also advocate for condom use among prostitutes, homosexuals and rapists?

Are we so tired of fighting for good morals that we have accepted defeat?

It is time to start addressing morality problems using moral solutions and not health solutions.

Condoms are meant for family planning and protection against STIs.

Putting it on the forefront of the fight against spread of HIV and AIDS among unfaithful couples instead of urging for faithfulness and proper behavior is a means of creating a disaster that will occur not very far from today.

This is an accident waiting to happen.

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