Barbados HIV – AIDS News

Report: Male Circumcision & Fidelity More Effective Than Condoms At Preventing HIV – AIDS

From the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society meeting in Johnanesburg, South Africa comes yet another report that condom use is going nowhere in African culture – but that male circumcision and fidelity are effective.

I wonder how long it will take HIV – AIDS organizations in the Western world to come to the realization that simply putting condom machines in high school washrooms or even making them free on every street corner is not working…

Promoting male circumcision and fidelity to one partner seems to be more effective at curbing the spread of HIV than promoting abstinence and condom use, USAID researcher and technical adviser Daniel Halperin said last week, the Chicago Tribune reports.

As Halperin and other researchers analyze 20 years of studies on HIV/AIDS throughout Africa, they have tried to "put aside intuitions, emotions, ideologies and look at the evidence in as coldhearted a way as we can," Halperin said. During a speech at a meeting of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society in Johannesburg, South Africa, Halperin said he and his colleagues discovered that regular sex partners rarely use condoms, and abstinence merely delays HIV infection among young people by one or two years.

Read the entire report here.

Barbados Gold Medal For HIV – AIDS Commission Chairman (Chair Woman!)

In other HIV – AIDS News, Dr. Carol Jacobs, chairman of the National HIV – AIDS Commission, has been awarded the first ever Barbados' Gold Medal of Achievement…

From The Nation News

DR CAROL JACOBS has scored another first in her long and distinguished service to Barbados and the wider world.

This long-standing medical practitioner, who is chairman of the National HIV/AIDS Commission, has been named as the first ever recipient of Barbados' Gold Medal of Achievement.

Jacobs will receive the award for leading the fight against the dreaded disease, both locally and globally, including being the first woman appointed chairman of the Global Fund Board that was created by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2001 to intensify the fight against AIDS…

… Jacobs, who received the Barbados Centennial Honour in 2001, is attending a conference in Geneva.

Good for you, Dr. Jacobs. We will be anxious to hear your views on the HIV – Male Circumcision protection relationship as reported above.

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  1. John

    A couple of years ago Uganda was supposed to be the only place on earth that had any significant success in fighting HIV-AIDS.

    It used the ABC message referred to in this Nation article which also refers to the situation here.

    http://archive.nationnews.com/archive_detail.php?archiveFile=./pubfiles/bar/archive/2005/June/05/Editorial/3434.xml&start=0&numPer=20&keyword=uganda&sectionSearch=&begindate=1%2F1%2F1994&enddate=4%2F28%2F2006&authorSearch=&IncludeStories=1&pubsection=&page=&IncludePages=1&IncludeImages=1&mode=allwords&archive_pubname=Daily+Nation%09%09%09

    If you look on the net you will find that the ABC message, Abstain, Be faithful and as a last resort Condomise is championed by the top man in Uganda who led by example. The leader and the message embodied in his life have been credited with turning things around for his country’s HIV-AIDS problem.

    There are somethings we should copy from Africa.

  2. BFP

    Well said, John

    And further reinforces our point that simply throwing condoms at teens and then saying “play careful now” is not a wise strategy.

    Robert

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