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Linking HIV Infection and Marriage by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
August 30, 2007, 11:53 pm
Filed under: Articles, If you only have 15 mins

The American Journal of Public Health has just published a study discussing and analyzing the relationship between marriage and HIV infection. For those of you who don’t have the time or inclination to read the full article, the Center for American Progress has an interesting analysis of the report. I liked the way in which it scientifically articulated an unease that many of us have felt in the ABC-exclusive approach and it highlights many of the flaws in that system. For example – if the message is promoted that the HIV infection is spread through infidelity, then it can make it harder for women in marriages to ask their husbands to wear condoms as this implies distrust in their husbands. I found the article really enlightening and thanks to Jess for highlighting it.

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It is already hard enough for many marginalized women to be able to negotiate with men regarding condom use–the study’s thesis about abstinence messaging only making this more difficult is a very relevant one, indeed. In places like India–where women often have very little leverage with men regarding condom use–many women (I believe the percentages are as high as 75% of all infections) have only had one sexual partner–their husband!! This should highlight some of the failures of ABC programming…

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Thanks David – I think you’re right – do you have anything specific that you’d like us to post on this?

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