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Abstinance as a public health policy

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Uploaded on Aug 7, 2008

Abstinence may be a lovely ideal but it's a lousy public health policy. In the U.S. the whole of our popular culture promotes sex but we don't talk about it in realistic ways with our young people, HIV is spreading rapidly among married women in low-income countries because their older or promiscuous husbands bring it to the marriage, and rape is increasingly used as a weapon of war. So why the U.S. reliance on abstinence for HIV prevention and is there hope in terms of legislation in the new Congress?

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