4 Mar 2015

Study Confirms That Abstinence Education Has Utterly Failed At Preventing AIDS In Africa

The more than $1.3 billion the United States government has spent to encourage abstinence and fidelity among Africans in the last 10 years has done little to change sexual behavior and curb the spread of HIV, a recent study determined.
Nathan Lo, a second-year student at Stanford School of Medicine, came to this conclusion after a year-long analysis of international survey data collected between 1998 and the present that included information about the age people had sex for the first time, rates of teenage pregnancy, and the number of sexual partners. Nearly two dozen African countries were featured, the majority of which received funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, also known as PEPFAR.
While the study challenged a conservative notion that sexual education centered on abstinence could quell the spread of HIV on the Motherland, former and current affiliates of PEPFAR remain reluctant to acknowledge Lo’s findings, citing a need to further examine his research before making a comment.
This recent news, however, represents a shift in thinking among health experts about how to best combat the spread of HIV/AIDS that has been years in the making.
“Many of us who are active in the fight against HIV in Africa, where AIDS has hit the hardest and where most PEPFAR funds have been spent, watched with disappointment in the early days of PEPFAR as the Bush administration redefined the “ABC” approach as a preference for abstinence-until-marriage programming,” Scott Evertz, formerly of the Center for American Progress, wrote in his 2010 report critiquing PEPFAR’s focus on abstinence-centered sexual education.
“NGOs doing good work lost their funding as a result of the prostitution pledge; and as foreign governments, implementing agencies, and USAID program officers exhibited a stunning disregard for the needs of men who have sex with men and other HIV-vulnerable groups,” Evertz wrote.
When President George W. Bush enacted PEPFAR in 2003 and increased the amount of antiretroviral medication that would go to Africa, conservative House Republicans added a provision that allocated one-third of AIDS prevention funds to a campaign titled ABC — short for “abstinence, be faithful, and use condoms” — that aimed to dissuade Africans from sexual activity.
The ABC program particularly targeted young people between the ages of 15 and 24, a population that accounts for half of new infections. Proponents of the program said that a decline in the number of sexual partners among men and women will decrease the likelihood of HIV spreading on the continent. Abstinence-centered education in tandem with correct and consistent condom use would help Pepfar advance its mission.
But that hasn’t been the case. Even with nearly $1.7 billion spent to launch a public health campaign focused on abstinence in Uganda, rates of HIV infection soared, in part because authorities didn’t take into account the impact of the country’s banning of homosexuality — which fueled the spread of HIV — and other factors, including the number of people who didn’t use condoms during their extramarital affairs. Even if faithful women wanted to use condoms, Pepfar only doled out contraception to “at-risk” groups like prostitutes and truck drivers.
U.S. lawmakers heard the outrage against the ABC campaign from across the Atlantic Ocean. In 2008, PEPFAR dropped its directives for abstinence only education during its reauthorization process. In recent years, funding for the PEPFAR’s abstinence program has decreased by more than $47 million. As PEPFAR focused less on abstinence only programming for youngsters, more room has been available for science-based programming and methods of HIV prevention that’s tailored to local needs.
The shift away from abstinence-only education didn’t occur by happenstance. Public health officials domestically too have realized the fallacy in teaching youngsters to abstain from sex, rather than equipping them with information that would enable them to make smart decisions, as shown in a 2013 study that showed a concentration of HIV infections in states that lacked comprehensive sexual education requirements.
“These false, ideologically-driven programs are turning out sexually illiterate young people whose lives and health are put in literal danger by ‘educators’ handing out false information. All this, just so your teenager might be scared straight enough to forgo sex for a few extra months,” columnist Jessica Valenti wrote in The Guardian in July 2014. “Students need sexual education that’s comprehensive, medically accurate, and free from shame and ideology. Not just because sexuality is an integral part of our humanity, but because when you withhold medical information about sexuality from children and teens, you are endangering health and lives.”

While there’s much work to be done in the fight against AIDS, particularly when it comes to educating children about the dangers of unprotected sex, some organizations have been making gains in productively sparking conversation about sex and sexually transmitted diseases among middle and high school students in the Motherland.

6 comments:

  1. Yeah, well it seems most people with an IQ above room temperature have long ago figured out the old "do as i say not as I do" strategy works about as well as herding cats.


    What it does do though, is fit Einstein's definition of insanity to a tee.

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  2. The tribal peoples are taught abstinence in their own society.


    Medical doctors have researched/proven that the vaccines from the U.S> pharmas contain the lethal viruses, particularly in the smallpox serums.

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  3. Abstinence is not going to stop the spread of AIDS; because sex does not often spread AIDS. Evidence? Professional Prostitutes almost NEVER get AIDS.


    “We took 12 people diagnosed with full
    blown AIDS, each with at least 13 out of 30 AIDS diagnosing symptoms, at the Tri State Healing Center of NY.
    An immune building and detoxification regimen was administered under medical supervision. At the end of 14
    months all 12 out of 12 were completely normal with no symptoms of AIDS.”
    Doctor Gary Null PhD

    http://healthyprotocols.com/2_aids.htm

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  4. True and furthermore, despite the numerous attempts, the so called AIDS virus has never been isolated from the blood of an AIDS declared patient.

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  5. Well you dummies you are using words like abstinence, which are too big for simple African people. Try using something like No Boink Boink Education and you might get better results.

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  6. "the so called AIDS virus"

    Yep the true reason for the imaginary "HIV virus" is to hide AIDS true nature as a BIO-WEAPON.

    “The HIV/AIDS virus is the result of many steps in the laboratory, it was no accident.” Doctor Peter Piot MD PhD, Executive Director of UNAIDS, Note Peter appears in the film "House of Numbers" this quote gives you a slant on his words in the film

    "According to Dr Shyh-Ching Lo, senior researcher at The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and one of America’s top
    mycoplasma researchers, this disease agent causes many illnesses including AIDS, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, Crohn’s colitis, Type I diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Wegener’s disease and collagen-vascular diseases
    such as rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s. I have all the official documents to prove that mycoplasma is the disease agent in chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia as well as in AIDS, multiple sclerosis and many other illnesses."
    Donald W. Scott MA

    http://healthyprotocols.com/2_aids.htm

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