Education not Condoms for HIV: Research Study


A recently published research study entitled “Effect of a cash transfer programme for schooling on prevalence of HIV and herpes simplex type 2 in Malawi: a cluster randomised trial” on The Lancet journal shows the following:

This study shows that a simple intervention that provided cash to unmarried schoolgirls (and their parents) decreased risky sexual activity and reduced their likelihood of being infected with HIV and HSV-2. Our findings suggest that financially empowering school-aged girls might have beneficial effects on their sexual and reproductive health. Our results indicate that cash transfer programmes could be attractive to policy makers in sub-Saharan Africa when they consider the full array of benefits that they might provide (Baird et al ,2012)

Hence, investing on education seems to be a better option than distributing free contraceptives…something that the Catholic Church has always encouraged



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