Document:Clinton on African Sexual Behaviour

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Clinton says Africans must change sexual behaviour
by Marcel Girodian

18 August 2001


Former president Bill Clinton told Africans last night that they must practice sexual responsibility in order to solve the AIDS crisis.

Clinton, who has become an unofficial AIDS goodwill ambassador since leaving office, spoke to an estimated 20,000 trade unionists who had gathered in the Rimping Amphitheatre in Lagos, Nigeria.

"In this, the greatest crisis to ever affect Africans, I call on you to help us win the war against AIDS. You can start by being faithful to your wives," he said.

"It is absolutely essential that you always wear condoms," he remarked. "Not only do they protect you and your partner from AIDS, they will also prevent semen stains from getting on your partner's clothing. Ruined clothes can plunge a woman deeper into poverty because she has to spend food money to buy replacements."

"You must not have affairs with young girls and come in their mouths without a condom. This is the height of irresponsibility. You could be giving them AIDS," said the ex-president. "I endorse proposed legislation that would treat this behavior as attempted murder."

"You must stop raping women and having 'dry sex' because this only makes AIDS spread faster," he said.

"We of the richer nations want to help you Africans defeat this terrible plague. That's why I am calling on the U.S. Congress today to commit 50 billion dollars a year to provide lifesaving AIDS drugs to you Africans. I am asking them to dedicate these funds to the memory of little Nkosi Johnson, who was a beacon of hope to the world in his life that was cut short by AIDS. Working together, we can triumph over HIV/AIDS. Thank you very much."

Clinton received $875,000 for his ten minute talk, courtesy of the Wellcome and Rockefeller Foundations, which are committed to fighting AIDS throughout the world. Afterwards, the ex-president accompanied a group of African truck drivers on a tour of the city's many brothels, in order to have private, one-on-one discussions with the prostitutes about the dangers of HIV.

© 2001 by Marcel Girodian