U.S.-funded abstinence programs not working in Africa

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – The U.S. funds abstinence and faithfulness education in sub-Saharan Africa to prevent HIV transmission, but a new study suggests the investment doesn’t lead to less risky sexual behaviors in that area. When researchers looked at the number of sexual partners in the past year, age at first sexual intercourse and teenage pregnancy, there were no differences between countries that did or did not receive the funding. “Changing HIV risk behaviors is hard to do, and the limited resources available for HIV prevention should be used carefully and directed towards programs that are likely to be effective,” said senior author Dr. Eran Bendavid, of the Stanford University School of Medicine in California.
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