Behavior Change the Key to HIV Prevention

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Anal Intercourse:  Here are the CDC’s “Culturally Sensitive” Recommendations.  They are weak and will lead to more HIV Infections and Deaths from AIDS!!

CDC Prevention:  How can I prevent getting HIV from anal or vaginal sex?

  • Choose less risky sexual behaviors, limit your number of sex partners, use condoms, use medicines to prevent HIV if appropriate, and get checked for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The more of these actions you take, the safer you can be.
  • Starting PEP immediately and taking it daily for 4 weeks reduces your chance of getting HIV.
  • Talk to your doctor about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), taking HIV medicine daily to prevent HIV infection, if you are at substantial risk for HIV.

CDC – HIV Transmission:  Can I get HIV from someone who is living with HIV but has undetectable viral load?

Yes. Even though having an undetectable viral load greatly lowers the chance that a person with HIV can transmit the virus to a partner, there is still some risk.

The fine print:

  • Mutually monogamous means that you and your partner only have sex with each other and do not have sex outside the relationship.

Behavior Change the Key to HIV Prevention!

The following analysis reflects our views in direct opposition to the ongoing prevention “talking points” set forth by the AIDS Movement.

“AIDS and the Churches: Getting the Story Right.” First Things. 2008.  Edward C. Green and Allison Herling Ruark.

Responses to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic are often driven not by evidence but by ideology, stereotypes, and false assumptions.   Referring to the hyperepidemics of Africa, an article in The Lancet (PDF)  this fall named “ten myths” that impede prevention efforts — including “Poverty and discrimination are the problem,” “Condoms are the answer,” and “Sexual behavior will not change.”  Yet such myths are held as self-evident truths by many in the AIDS establishment.  And they result in efforts that are at best ineffective and at worst harmful, while the AIDS epidemic continues to spread and exact a devastating toll in human lives.

Consider this fact:  In every African country in which HIV infections have declined, this decline has been associated with a decrease in the proportion of men and women reporting more than one sex partner over the course of a year which is exactly what fidelity programs promote.  The same association with HIV decline cannot be said for condom use, coverage of HIV testing, treatment for curable sexually transmitted infections, provision of antiretroviral drugs, or any other intervention or behavior. The other behavior that has often been associated with a decline in HIV prevalence is a decrease in premarital sex among young people.

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Edward C. Green is the director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and
Development Studies, where Allison Herling Ruark is a research fellow.

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