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Independent Experts Conclude: Comprehensive Sex Ed Works

“At long last, evidence and common sense have returned to public-health policy,” said James Wagoner of Advocates for Youth. “The task force report endorses the comprehensive approach to prevention that includes condoms and birth control. We should be spending taxpayer dollars only on evidence-based programs.”

AIDSTanzania supports the findings of this study, and it’s good to see comprehensive sex education finally get the credit it deserves. Read the full article here.

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UNAIDS Estimates 5-15 Men Will Need to be Circumcized to Prevent One New Infection

It costs about $30 USD to circumcise one man in sub-Saharan Africa where HIV rates are highest. Using a new mathematical modeling system developed in collaboration with UNAIDS, WHO and the South African Center for Epidemiological Analyses, it is estimated that between 5-15 men, at a cost of approximately $150-900 USD, need to be circumcised in order to prevent just one new HIV infection.

In an article published by AIDSmap News, it is also mentioned that even if newly circumcised men reduce their use of condoms, circumcision can still reduce the risk of HIV transmission from HIV positive men to HIV negative women. Albeit, if men resume sexual activity too soon after the procedure, their HIV negative partners would be placed at higher risk of transmission. Data shows that to circumsise  HIV positive men would lead to no significant decrease of new infections, so primary motivation for cicumsision campaigns should focus on uncircumcised HIV negative men who are risk for infection.

Statistics concerning male homosexual activity is currently unavailable. However, the computer model used is based on Southern African populations, in which heterosexual sexual activity is the primary cause of infection.

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Pope: Condoms are not the solution in Africa

From the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/18/world/africa/18pope.html?scp=1&sq=pope%20hiv&st=cse

Dogma becomes dangerous when it is prioritized over human lives. Perhaps even more scary is that the former overseer of the US’s PEPFAR program put forth a similar agenda:

http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=ad9380a8-cc6b-423a-8141-6ad34bdd1772

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