Scott Kraft's article ("Africa's Death Sentence," March 1) on AIDS in Zimbabwe deals with two different subjects that he unfortunately intertwines.
The topic of women being forced into subservience to men is valid but should be a story unto itself. AIDS is caused by a virus, an infectious agent.
Kraft falls into a common trap when he describes women and children as innocent victims of AIDS and men as villainous carriers of the virus. He says intravenous drug use and homosexuality account for less than 1% of AIDS cases in Africa, and that "for most mothers and fathers, the child's diagnosis is the first time they learn their own fate."
So why are men to be blamed? Is Kraft twisting a horrible pandemic into something he considers political correctness? There are no "innocent" or "guilty" victims of AIDS, which must be fought with accurate information, medical research and treatment, not twisted accounts based on social, religious or moral beliefs and opinions.