Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A Lesson From Uganda

So happens that Uganda is the ONLY African nation with a reduction in the AIDS-infection rate. Not by coincidence, it is the ONLY African nation which is not pushing rubbers.

Studies show that from 1991 to 2001, HIV infection rates in Uganda declined from about 15% to 5%.

“The Ugandan model has the most to teach the rest of the world,” says Edward Green, a senior research scientist at Harvard and author of Rethinking AIDS Prevention. “This policy should guide the development of programs in Africa and the Caribbean.”

So what? Here's "what:"

The Ugandan model was to emphasize that abstaining from sex outside of marriage was the only effective way for most people to reduce exposure to AIDS.

That method also happens to work for, oh, say---HPV infections, folks.

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