HIV/AIDS Prevention Messages Should Do More to Address "Multiple Sexual Partnerships," BMJ Article Says
April 13, 2004
There "would be no global AIDS pandemic were it not for multiple sexual partnerships," and more should be done to encourage people to reduce their number of sexual partners, according to an "Education and debate" article written by officials from several organizations and published in the April 10 issue of BMJ, BBC News reports (BBC News, 4/8). James Shelton, senior medical scientist for USAID's Office of Population and Reproductive Health; Daniel Halperin, senior technical adviser for USAID's Office of HIV/AIDS; Vinand Nantulya, senior adviser for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Malcolm Potts, a University of California-Berkeley population professor; Helene Gayle, director of HIV, TB and reproductive health for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and King Holmes, director of the University of Washington Center for AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, write that the "key to preventing the spread of HIV, especially in epidemics driven mainly by heterosexual transmission, is through changing sexual behavior." The authors say that "interest has been growing" in the "ABC" method of HIV prevention -- abstinence, be faithful, use condoms -- and although "be faithful" implies monogamy, it "also includes reductions in casual sex and multiple sex partnerships ... that would reduce higher risk sex.
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