Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Rising rates of HIV infection

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:320

Rapid Response:

Beyond ABC?

HIV prevention measures have certainly moved beyond ABC. This should not mean discarding ABC for the newer measures of ARTs and addressing gender roles; but re-inforcing the former with the latter. It is sad, however, that in some communities in Ghana, (and I suspect in others in sub-saharan Africa) especially in places with a perceived, strongly religious culture, some people still believe that promoting the use of condoms for young people rather leads them into promiscuity. Most people in these areas cannot seem to distinguish between a public health issue and a religious one. When will we "upright christians" come to realise that if we believe in imposing our moralities on others and deny them access to some preventive measures simply because we hold a certain view this menace can only get out of hand; and everyone, christians (and other religious groups) included, will suffer? Some communites have not even grasped ABC yet to move beyond it to address the underlying causes of the spread of the disease!

Competing interests: Frances Owusu-Daaku is the chairperson of the Children's Sunday Schools Committee, Protestant Chaplaincy,KNUST.

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 February 2005
Frances T. Owusu-Daaku
Senior Lecturer, Department of Clinical and Social Pharmacy
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, UPO, Kumasi, Ghana