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02 March 2015

Abstinence and faithfulness programmes not effective

Nearly $US1.3 billion has been spent on the promotion of abstinence and faithfulness programmes by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in sub-Saharan Africa, with no significant impact on sexual behaviour, or reduction in HIV incidence. These disappointing results came from an analysis of sexual health data from 14 different countries where PEPFAR programmes are implemented, and were presented at last week’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015).