Beyond ABC: Local Prevention Strategies

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:
Beyond ABC: Local Prevention Strategies

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Moving beyond the ABC prevention strategies addressed in Chapter 5, this chapter describes four alternative prevention strategies that are often overlooked by public health experts but that offer important insights into how people and communities are responding to the epidemic: 1) careful partner selection and early marriage, promoted as a way of channeling young adults into “safe” sexual relationships as soon as possible; 2) divorcing a partner who may be putting his/her spouse at risk; 3) condemning materialistic aspirations which lure people into transactional sex; 4) directives to abstain from alcohol use, seen to compromise decision-making and trigger risky sexual behavior. Religion and religious leaders play a role in each of these responses.

Keywords: prevention; local responses; religion; alcohol; divorce; early marriage; sexual behavior

Chapter.  7228 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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