A senior research scientist from Harvard (Dr. Edward Green of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies ) says abstinence and faithfulness are more effective than condoms to stop the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
"If you look at the countries in Africa that have the highest levels of condom use --Countries like Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya -- these are not countries with lower HIV infection rates. These are countries, unfortunately, with higher infection rates."
Uganda has been a success story for initiatives that stress abstinence and faithfulness in particular, largely because the churches in the country have helped to promote them.
"The faith-based organizations, whether Christian or Muslim, were mobilized in countries like Uganda and Senegal and Jamaica," Green says, "so church leaders and religious groups played a big role in targeting those behaviors -- fidelity and abstinence."
Churches in Uganda and around the world are having a significant impact on the containment of HIV and AIDS. Nevertheless, he notes, many global groups that promote condom use consider churches and other faith-based groups to be obstacles to the fight against AIDS and HIV infection Read the whole story.