Archive for August 8th, 2007

Abstinence Programs May Not Affect Risk of HIV Infection

Health programs that exclusively encourage people to abstain from sex do not seem to affect the risk of HIV infections in developed countries, according to a report in the British Medical Journal. This also calls into question the continued use of public money to fund abstinence-only programs in the United States.Proponents of abstinence-only programs claim that sexual abstinence is the only means of preventing HIV infections, while not promoting safer sex behaviors. Its effectiveness in high-in…