Friday, Deputy Secretary of State Randall L. Tobias resigned because he had received ‘massages’ from an escort service. One of Tobias’ major effects on U.S. foreign policy was to promote abstinence-only sex education:
Tobias, who was in Berlin for the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS’ 2004 Awards for Business Excellence, said that promoting abstinence and monogamy are “far more effective” than distributing condoms for preventing the spread of HIV, according to Agence France-Presse. “Statistics show that condoms really have not been very effective,” Tobias said, adding, “It’s been the principal prevention device for the last 20 years, and I think one needs only to look at what’s happening with the infection rates in the world to recognize that has not been working.” PEPFAR has been criticized by AIDS advocates for placing “false hopes” on abstinence and monogamy prevention programs, according to Agence France-Presse.
One of the sources of the spread of AIDS, particularly in Africa, are girls who, because of poverty, are either forced into outright prostitution or having sugar daddies (who have had multiple sex partners). Giving these girls condoms, and promoting their use, literally saves lives.
So, here’s my question about Tobias:
When Tobias received his ‘massages’, did he use a condom?
an aside: Yes, we should be asking if prostitution should be legalized. No, that does not absolve Tobias or any of the other sanctimonious pricks who oppose effective sex education of the deaths that they will have caused.