The ABCs of Prevention

Jenny Trinitapoli and Alexander Weinreb

in Religion and AIDS in Africa

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780195335941
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199979080 | DOI:
The ABCs of Prevention

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The foundational HIV prevention lexicon in Africa is “ABC”—Abstain, Be Faithful, use Condoms. This chapter describes the religious roots of the ABC message and then, using data from across Africa, examines religious patterns in adherence to these core prevention strategies across the sub-continent. The chapter documents three main patterns. First, while there is no clear pattern of adherence to abstinence by religious group, highly religious adolescents are more likely to be abstinent than their less religious peers. Second, infidelity is most common among the least religious men and among those who live in low-religiosity villages. Third, although some religious leaders oppose the use of condoms, most are pragmatic, endorsing it as the lesser of two evils even where this is in tension with official religious doctrine.

Keywords: prevention; condoms; religion; abstinence; fidelity; faithfulness; Abstain; Be Faithful; use Condoms

Chapter.  12389 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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