Friday, August 19, 2005

Abstinence Only in Swaziland: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

The King of Swaziland ended early a five-year ban on sex for teenage girls. Apparently, the ban didn't fit his own desires:

The king fined himself a cow for breaking the ban by marrying again.

He took a 17-year-old girl as his ninth wife just two months after imposing the sex-ban in September 2001, sparking unprecedented protests by Swazi women outside the royal palace.

About 40% of the population has HIV.

We know, from Uganda for example, how successful an aggressive condom promotion campaign can be in reducing HIV.

Please, please, please ... get off the abstinence only trip. Encouraging abstinence is OK, making it the foundation of your program is a disaster.


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