I remember as a teen reading a tiny article on prostitutes in Africa who were immune to HIV. I thought this was a amazing and groundbreaking, and over ten years later I still think so.
A group of people immune to one of the most frightening viruses in the world…!! That’s BIG news, but so few people know about this that you get the feeling the patriarchy is being hush hush… so I find myself now wondering why this would be the case. Why are the disease-free prostitutes never talked about?
As always with patriarchy, you have to use double-double think
1) African. Prostitutes. Black. Poor. Women.
2) are Immune to HIV.
How can this possibly fit into the Western patriarchal worldview that women are dirty, women who have lots of sex are even dirtier, and women who are prostituted are, well, unspeakably dirty. As for black, African women, pfft, say no more.
And yet… this group of women are clean and disease free; and have immunity to AIDS
The minds of the conservatives must be fizzling and popping at the thought. It blows their Good-Madonna-Heaven/ Bad-Whore-Hell worldview to smithereens. All their evolutionary theories are based on shite if prostitutes can be awarded an evolutionary prize.
You do still get the odd knob shamelessly declaring that black people are more likely to get aids because of sexual practices and genetics which is pure racism because it ignores the socio-economic backdrop behind the AIDS epidemic, the poverty and illiteracy which are connected to the spread of the disease, and the disingenuous advice of Christian missionaries going to Africa and preaching abstinence instead of giving contraceptive advice.
The science behind it is that the women are exposed t o so many strands of the virus from the semen of all the men that fuck them, that they become immune (while the men do not haha!). If they leave prostitution they remain HIV free unless they return to prostitution, or have PIV with an infected man, in which case it was recently discovered that they may contract the disease. [Apparently, the scientists studying the women were “disappointed” with this finding]
I’m telling you, nature loves women. Which is why men hate nature and seek to control and destroy it.