PHILADELPHIA (BP)--In the United States, the AIDS death rate is down, and the quality and length of life for AIDS/HIV patients is up. Many Americans have been lulled into complacency about the disease, various reports indicate.
NEW YORK CITY (BP)--The number of people living with AIDS globally has reached its highest level: 40.3 million, up from an estimated 37.5 million in 2003, according to a United Nations report released in conjunction with World AIDS Day, Dec. 1.
Hearst has been involved in AIDS research for more than 20 years, and two years ago he was commissioned by UNAIDS -- the joint United Nations program on HIV/AIDS -- to conduct a review of what's known about how well condoms work for AIDS prevention.
The medical doctor and professor of family and community medicine and epidemiology and bio statistics concluded that condoms are not the answer to stopping the worldwide AIDS epidemic.
|AIDS worker Sharon Pumpelly on the need to promote abstinence over condoms
International Mission Board workers Larry and Sharon Pumpelly believe that despite resistance by government entities and cultures, they are seeing progress in the acceptance of abstinence and faithfulness promotion in the fight against AIDS.
Sharon said government organizations such as the U.S. Agency for International Development are progressively more open to funding faith-based organizations that promote abstinence over condoms in AIDS prevention.
"There are still people in those organizations who will probably never see that abstinence is a strong viable choice, but there are others who will look at the facts even from their own research and say abstinence is at least one good choice and would be very much in favor of giving support to faith-based organizations," Sharon told Baptist Press.
Harvard researcher: Abstinence & faithfulness more effective against AIDS, but public health officials emphasize condoms
|Edward C. Green, a Harvard researcher, on why abstinence and faithfulness are not being widely promoted in AIDS prevention
The public health establishment, meanwhile, has failed to recognize the obvious in assessing AIDS prevention methods because it fears endorsing a perceived religious conservatism related to abstinence and faithfulness, Edward C. Green, a research scientist at Harvard University and author of "Rethinking AIDS Prevention," said.
"It's so insane that [abstinence and faithfulness] has not been part of the advice from the beginning," Green said.
NEW YORK (BP)--With the possible emergence of a new, more deadly strain of HIV, health officials are scrambling to devise more effective ways to convince those with high-risk lifestyles to alter their sexual behavior.
For the first of a two-part series on the American government's discrimination against abstinence and faith-based programs in distributing AIDS prevention funds overseas, Citizen interviewed Edward C. Green, an anthropologist at Harvard University and the lead author of a study financed by USAID that found abstinence to be more effective than condoms in reducing the spread of AIDS in Uganda.
The only hope, says Sharon Pumpelly, is for Christians to rise up and engage communities with counseling, education -- and the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ.
Recent reports from the United Nations estimate that the global HIV/AIDS epidemic killed more than 3 million people in 2004.
MBARARA, Uganda (BP)--The emaciated woman lies on a wafer-thin foam mattress, jammed in the corner. Her only pillow is a pile of rags stuffed under her head.