Expensive Worldwide Abstinence Program Did Not Prevent HIV

Abstinence and marriage fidelity programs costing 1.4 billion have not been effective when it comes to preventing HIV on a global scale, Stanford study says.

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Publication: dailyRxNews
June 6, 2016

Worldwide abstinence and fidelity programs funded by the US government at a cost of $1.4 billion have failed to prevent HIV.

The President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a worldwide initiative to rid the world of HIV and AIDS, was implemented by then US president George W. Bush in 2003. A third of its funds were required to focus on abstinence-based programs that promote abstaining from sex until marriage, limiting sexual partners and remaining monogamous. This portion of PEPFAR, which some critics said was added to appease religious conservatives, is referred to as ABC, or “Abstinence, Be faithful, Condoms.” Continue reading “Expensive Worldwide Abstinence Program Did Not Prevent HIV”