Tuesday, August 30, 2005


According to the good *cough* folks at the United Nations the focus on abstinence by the US hurts the fight against AIDS:
The U.S. government's emphasis on abstinence-only programs to prevent AIDS is hobbling Africa's battle against the pandemic by downplaying the role of condoms, a senior U.N. official said on Monday.

Stephen Lewis, the U.N. secretary general's special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, said fundamentalist Christian ideology was driving Washington's AIDS assistance program known as PEPFAR with disastrous results, including condom shortages in Uganda....

Many health experts say condoms are the most effective bulwark against AIDS.

Really? I'd be willing to take my odds using abstinence against your odds using condoms with HIV infected partners any day.

1 comment:

Hatless in Hattiesburg said...

...and in related news, the U.S. government's emphasis on appendectomies to cure appendicitis is hobbling the battle against the disease by downplaying the role of herbal teas. (\sarcasm)