On the same day I saw this graffito, the Jamaica Gleaner’s front page headline had yelled “End AIDS testing!”
“The world is turned upside down,” I thought to myself. On closer reading, it appeared that the Jamaican National AIDS Commission was protesting employers imposing AIDS testing on new employees. In the bangarang that followed, the well-intentioned seemed to overlook some frightening facts:
1. The Caribbean is the second most HIV/AIDS affected region in the world.
2. Of the estimated 25,000 people infected in Jamaica, 60% do not know they are infected.
Judging from the graffiti going around at the moment, it would seem that public health education professionals are going to have an uphill struggle.
Next to the graffito above was a helpful clarification of what not to do.
About a mile and a half further up the road, the man realized that he needed to make a further clarification.
Joking aside, the consequences of such ignorance are all around us.
When I asked to take her picture, I suggested that I wouldn’t photograph her face. “Nah man,” she replied. “P’haps udda people learn from my mistakes.”
When I showed her the picture, she smiled sadly: “Bwoy, dat a huggly face!”
For those unfamiliar with the terms, or who didn’t guess from the context, “bow” means cunnilingus, and “hood” means penis.
Oral sex for men = GOOD
Oral sex for women = BAD