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Zimbabwe makes inroads on AIDS with moral approach

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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