According to author Hanne Blank, the idea may have evolved from Christian legends of virgin martyrs whose purity served as a form of protection in battling demons. Researcher Mike Earl-Taylor also indicates the myth gained prominence 19th century Victorian England. Today, it is believed that the Virgin Cure may explain the staggering rise in child/infant rapes in South Africa, which is facing an HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Earl-Taylor, Mike."HIV/AIDS, the stats, the virgin cure and infant rape." Science in Africa, April 2002.
Blank, Hanne. Virgin: The Untouched History. Bloomsbury USA, 2007.