JOHANNESBURG, December 6, 2002 ( – A new study has indicated that over the past four years South Africa has seen a revolution in condom use.  Dr Olive Shisana, principal investigator for the study said, “For example, for women aged 15-49, condom use at last sexual intercourse has more than tripled, from 8% in 1998 to 28.6% in the present study, and amongst women aged 20-24 it has increased from 14.4% to 47%.”  However, despite the condom surge, AIDS infection has surged, leaving the country with an AIDS epidemic.  The study estimates the overall HIV prevalence in the South African population (over the age of two) to be 11.4%. HIV prevalence among those aged 15-49 was 15.6%. The survey found that 5.6 percent of children ages 2 to 14 were HIV-positive and that 13 percent of children in this age bracket had lost one or both of their parents to AIDS.  In sharp contrast, Uganda has had singular success in combating the deadly virus with very little reliance on condoms.  A recent Harvard study found that from the late 1980s to 2001, the number of pregnant women infected with HIV in Uganda dropped from 21.2 percent to 6.2 percent due to promotion of abstinence before marriage and fidelity in marriage.

See the South African AIDS study:   See LifeSite’s coverage of the Ugandan success:  UGANDA’S SUCCESSFUL STRATEGY AGAINST AIDS BASED ON CHASTITY AND FIDELITY


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