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Good News on Global AIDS

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Good news on the global AIDS front. The UN announced at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna that the prevalence of AIDS has been waning in the hardest hit areas of sub-Saharan Africa. The reason: people are taking the matter into their own hands by having fewer partners and putting off . . . . Continue Reading »

Reducing Risk, Increasing AIDS

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The predominant Western approach to preventing the spread of AIDS in Africa has failed. Though in theory the risk reduction strategies favored by Western governments and aid agencies”handing out condoms, promoting counseling and testing, and treating othersexually transmitted infections (STIs) to block HIV transmission”can “work” in theory, they have not done so in practice… . Continue Reading »

Should Catholic Charities Settle for Harm Reduction?

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Sr. Maureen Joyce, CEO of Catholic Charities in Albany, New York, described its recent decision to implement a needle exchange program for HIV/AIDS prevention as mere “common sense””a perfect reflection of the conventional, which is to say misguided, wisdom of favoring “harm reduction” techniques over other methods of confronting drug abuse… . Continue Reading »