New Video from PAI Sheds Light on Married Women Living with HIV/AIDS

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New Video from PAI Sheds Light on Married Women Living with HIV/AIDS

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Did you know that married women in much of the developing world are increasingly more likely to become infected with HIV than their single peers?

Despite the hype surrounding "ABC" sexuality education -- abstain, be faithful, use condoms -- none of these are safe options for these women...

 

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Did you know that married women in much of the developing world are increasingly more likely to become infected with HIV than their single peers?

Despite the hype surrounding "ABC" sexuality education — abstain, be faithful, use condoms — none of these are safe options for these women. They cannot abstain from sex as married women. They ARE being faithful, and are still becoming infected because of their husbands' behaviors. And they cannot negotiate with their husbands to use condoms because of cultural expectations. In the face of these realities, "abstinence-only" education is especially lacking.

Tens of thousands of married women are becoming infected with the virus by their husbands. Failure to provide them with better education and more effective means of preventing infection should be viewed as a moral failure on behalf of those supposedly committed to helping stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. And men must be engaged in this education for it to be successful.

For many of us in Western countries where women are able to exercise more authority over their sexuality, these statistics can feel foreign to our experience. And when they feel foreign, it's especially easy to begin thinking something like "abstinence-only" sexuality education might be an ok idea.

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This video, produced by Population Action International, communicates this reality in human terms. It features an interview with Skytt Nzambu, a Kenyan woman living with HIV/AIDS who contracted the virus from her husband. Also featured in the video is Pamela Onduso of Pathfinder International, who talks about how these issues developed and what they mean for ongoing prevention work.

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