The President of Gambia Yahya Jammeh (Please don't forget his name) is claiming that he is the only person on this earth able to cure aids. This claim would only be laughable if Jammed was a military despot and one of the many African politicians who have a problem taking Aids seriously and not using it to make political gains. First, there was the South African minister of Health, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang which told South Africans that to cure aids, they should eat garlic and beet roots then there was Jacob Zuma who
raped had sex with a rape victim without using protection and argued that he took a shower afterwards so he wouldn't get the HIV virus. I found all of this disturbing because it shows that Aids is still only about sex in Africa and since sex is about power and masculinity, it is easy for it to be used as a way to deny that it is a disease, which requires medical treatment, or to reinforce stereotypes about masculinity, power, and sexuality.