Women are being let down in efforts to stem HIV/AIDS

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 05 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:305
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

Women in developing countries, and in sub-Saharan Africa in particular, are being let down in efforts to stem the HIV/AIDS crisis because the issues that affect them are being ignored, said representatives of a new pressure group this week.

The ABC prevention strategy (A for Abstinence, B for Be faithful, and C for use a Condom), which is being promoted by some charities in Africa, is wholly inappropriate in many countries where women know little if anything about HIV and are afraid to ask their husband or boyfriend to use a condom, said members of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS.

Fear of violence and destitution stifles many HIV/AIDS education efforts in …

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