BY ALISON BIZZUL
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WRITER
rossy Naluyombia is losing hope. Her mother took in five children orphaned by AIDS, in addition to the six kids of her own. Money is running low and Prossy, age 13, is considering
trading sex for the care she needs. For young girls like Prossy, it seems like the only way out. They get men to pay for their education and care in return for sex. These men are called “sugar daddies.” Prossy lives in Uganda where, like in other African countries, the government and aid programs “are promoting female sexual abstinence before or outside marriage as a primary means of combating the disease,” reported Emily Wax of the Washington Post. Unfortunately, promoting abstinence above other forms of AIDS prevention is causing more problems for victims than it is solving, especially when the help is coming from the United States and the Bush Administration.
According to Carl M. Cannon
of the National Journal, an estimated 2.3 million Africans will die of HIV/AIDS in 2005--a rate of 6,300 per day. Meanwhile, another 8,500 a day become infected with the virus. With this many people dying and infected, governments all over the world realized that every country had to do its part to help combat this disease.
When U.N. Secretary General, Kofi Annan, challenged the world to fight AIDS together, President George W. Bush asked the United States Congress for a huge increase in funds to go to the relief effort. He asked for 15 billion dollars over the next five years to aid the 15 most-afflicted nations of Africa and the Caribbean. This is a large increase from about a million dollars a year in aid during Clinton’s years. Bush also created PEPFAR, the