The Department of Health and Ageing warns that previous marketing campaigns and preventative programs have failed to slow HIV infection.
The national HIV strategy expired a year ago and there are warnings new infections could climb by nearly 75 per cent. The government is under pressure to come up with a strategy as effective as the Grim Reaper ads of the 1980s.
Stancombe Research and Planning studied sexually active young Australians (aged 16-29) and found homosexual men and bisexuals had the greatest number of recent sexual partners and range of sexual activities experienced.
Only 3 per cent of heterosexual and homosexual women had six or more partners, compared with 8 per cent of heterosexual men, 16 per cent of bisexuals and 42 per cent of homosexual men.
Yes that's right 42 percent of homosexual men have had 6 or more recent sexual partners! Shocking isn't it!!
The strategy Australia is looking for lies in the comments put forward by Pope Benedict XVI on his recent trip to Africa. The Pope said that condoms are not the solution to the problem of AIDS in Africa. Instead he praised fidelity and abstinence as the only true way to combat AIDS.
Dr Edward C. Green, told MercatorNet that...
The not-enough-condoms explanation of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic is driven "not by evidence, but by ideology, stereotypes, and false assumptions," Dr Green wrote last year in the journal First Things. And myths kill: "they result in efforts that are at best ineffective and at worst harmful, while the AIDS epidemic continues to spread and exact a devastating toll in human lives".
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