Skip to comments.[Harvard Study:]UGANDA'S SUCCESSFUL STRATEGY AGAINST AIDS BASED ON CHASTITY
Posted on 07/24/2002 7:21:23 AM PDT by Notwithstanding
KAMPALA, Jul 23, 02 (LSN.ca/CWNews.com) - Uganda may be on its way to wiping out AIDS by using a strategy based on chastity and fidelity, according to findings in a Harvard University study. The Harvard study credits abstinence education with "significant effectiveness in reducing AIDS in Uganda ... with the HIV infection rate dropping 50 percent between the years 1992 and 2000."
Uganda uses billboards, radio announcements, and chastity-based curricula to promote abstinence and faithfulness. The result has been a gradual, steady drop in HIV infection rates. If the report is welcomed honestly and with a real commitment to reduce suffering, then Uganda could become a model for worldwide AIDS prevention.
Harvard's study found that from the late 1980s to 2001, the number of pregnant women infected with HIV dropped from 21.2 percent to 6.2 percent. By contrast in Botswana, where condoms are officially promoted as the solution rather than part of the problem, 38 percent of pregnant women were HIV-positive in 2001.
"Much of the program's success," reports said, "is due to the nation's willingness to look beyond the sexual revolution to the past, before the adoption of corrupt Western sexual mores." The study found Ugandan adults were less promiscuous from 1989 to 2000: of women 15 and older, those reporting multiple sexual partners dropped from 18.4 percent to 2.5 percent.
Promoters of promiscuous sex and condoms tried to discredit the findings. "Ugandans really never took to condoms," said Dr. Vinand Nantulya, an infectious disease advisor to Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni, in the New Republic magazine.
Yep, I just knew the West had some blame in this.
The one thing that you can't say among the AIDs groups vying for billions of your tax dollars to solve the AIDs problem in Africa is: "Sexual promiscuity is the primary cause of the crisis, and it's bad for you." Throwing condoms at people who don't use them and which break 15% of the time and which don't prevent the spread of many viral venereal diseases is stupidity. Uganda should be pround that it has resisted the sex anywhere, sex anyhow message, and that it can use its own intellectual and traditional resources to deal effectively with a problem that just seems to stymie everyone else. Bravo Uganda!
Yoweri Museveni is a rare breed - a true African leader concerned about the well-being of his people. He is the direct opposite of many African 'leaders.' The Ugandans are lucky to have him.
Uh-huh. Right after it becomes a beacon for Africa by ending criminal violence, embracing education, and valuing human life.
Paging Dr. Museveni; Dr. Museveni; the head injury clinic called. You missed your last appointment...
Why not give credit where credit is due? Museveni's strategy has been the most effective in reducing AIDs in any country in Africa - and it was done without spending billions and billions of other people's dollars. Pretty good, most would say. Because of this approach, the lives of thousands and thousands have been spared, including those of many, many children.
Excuse me, but weren't the "experts" telling us that preaching celebacy in Africa was a waste of time because promiscuity is a part of their culture (btw--it is)?
Either way, blame it on the white guys.