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Zimbabwe makes inroads on AIDS with moral approach

Catholic World News - June 30, 2011

Zimbabwe has made impressive progress in curbing the spread of AIDS. The rate of adult AIDS infection was cut nearly in half—from 29% to 16%--in a decade. But the media rarely report on Zimbabwe’s success. Why? Because the nation has fought AIDS by encouraging changes in sexual behavior—abstinence outside marriage, faithfulness within—rather than with condom-giveaway campaigns.

It is tempting to describe Zimbabwe’s progress as surprising. But Matthew Hanley, writing for The Catholic Thing, notes that there’s really no surprise; the same results are evident in other African countries that have taken the same approach—whereas the condom campaigns can claim no such positive results.

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