The number of people infected with HIV continues to climb on a global scale. According to Aids.gov, there were approximately 35 million people worldwide living with the virus in 2013.
In the United States, more than 1.2 million people are suffering from the deadly virus, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But no other section of the world is more affected by the HIV/Aids epidemic than our precious Motherland.
Based on data collected by WHO, sub-Sahara Africa suffers the highest rate of infections, with an estimated 24.7 million cases of the virus in 2013. (Because we all know White folk injected this little man-made killer right into the heart of the continent like a dope fiend pumping smack in his arms, but that’s a whole other story.)
Considering the alarmingly high number of cases taking its toll on the population, South African President Jacob Zuma decided to take progressive measures in combating the spread of this disease in his country. In a spanking new bill, Zuma mandated that, moving forward, all people who test positive for HIV must have their status tattooed near their genitals, reports Malawi Voice.
“The mark is to protect those who can’t say no to sex,” he said after signing the bill. “I mean if you can’t read between the lines, you should read between the legs because that’s where the status will be tatted. The choice to be HIV positive is now in your hands, or your genitals for that matter.”
According to What Did You Miss, President Zuma also announced that he would be the first South Africa citizen to get his status inked, and promised a R50 000 funeral expense voucher to the first 10 million people (found positive before the bill) who volunteered to have their results branded on their bodies.
“We also encourage those who had been living with the virus to go to the nearest public hospitals to get their status tatted in,” he added.
Meanwhile, everybody “who had been living with the virus” is sitting at home like:
Now I don’t know how accurate this reports are, but this sounds like a good idea, although I can already see people coming up with all sorts of magic ink tricks to flip the lettering of their status tat. (And we all know there are those sneaky little schemers just waiting to rev-up their laser beams.)
But what do you all think? Is this new bill a step towards change that should be implemented worldwide? Or is it a violation of people’s freedom of choice and natural rights?
Speak on it!