Wesley J. Smith has a couple of things to say about this story:
(Note: I do not know Mr. Smith’s religious views, but here he appears not to have any problems with condom use – he just doesn’t see condoms alone as a solution.)
From “Secondhand Smoke”:
The general ABC approach seems to be working in another African country in fighting AIDS–this time Zimbabwe. A=abstinence. B=Be Monogamous. C=If you can’t do A or B, use condoms
We saw the same results in Uganda–until it began to fade as the C option overrode the A and the B.
Mr. Smith on the second story he links to:
That makes sense to me: If you expect people to not control their urges, they won’t.
Alas, the Uganda success story is fading now with a return to soaring of infection rates. From the story:
After a dramatic fall in the incidence of HIV/Aids in Uganda in the 1990s, the pandemic is spreading again in the east African country, a government report released this week showed. A little over 90 000 people contracted the HIV virus in 2008, nudging the infection rate to 6.4% from 6% four years ago, The New Vision newspaper on Thursday quoted the report that was released by the presidency on Tuesday as saying
One cause cited in the story, an increase in laxity toward the A and the B.
Now that’s just simple common sense, and yet I have not heard this from our usual media sources, or from bodies such as the U.N. Maybe the stories just slipped under my radar??