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Abstinence message could save millions from AIDS in Africa

March 07, 2011

Political liberals and population-control enthusiasts often charge that the Catholic Church (or, more specifically, the Pope) endangers the lives of Africans by opposing condom distribution campaigns. David Quinn of Ireland's Iona Institute notes that there is a strong case to be made for nearly the opposite argument: that those who rely on condoms are responsible for thousands of African AIDS deaths.

Quinn reviews the work of Edward Green, the former director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard School of Public Health. Green has concluded that the most successful approach to AIDS prevention in Africa has been an effort to change behavior, emphasizing abstinence outside marriage and fidelity between marital partners.


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