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PEPFAR Abstinence Education Funding In Sub-Saharan Africa Not Associated With Reduction In HIV Risk Behavior, Study Shows

Scientific American: The U.S. Blew $1.4 Billion on Abstinence Education in Africa
“…A rigorous comparison of national data from countries that received abstinence funding under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) with those that got none of the funding showed no difference in the age of first sexual experience or in the number of sexual partners or teenage pregnancies — all aspects of behaviors that have been linked to a higher risk of becoming infected with HIV. Instead the study showed that one of the most important factors associated with lower levels of risky behavior was the number of years women remained in school…” (Gorman, 8/1).

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