The Teddy Bear Clinic says that more education is needed to dispel the myth that raping children or having sex with a virgin is a cure for HIV.
Teddy Bear Clinic clinical director, Dr Shaheda Omar, argues that, “It’s ridiculous to think that when you are infected, violating a virgin or a victim is going to take away the infection.”
In the same vein, Childline’s director in Gauteng, Lynne Cawood, agrees. Cawood explains: “It’s ludicrous to think that raping a child or a virgin could cure HIV.”
Their comments follow an incident in which a Soweto father allegedly raped his two-year-old daughter, believing it will cure him of HIV.
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