Dec 15, 2010

HIV Prevention Trial Less Effective in Long-term


Despite intensive counseling and free contraceptives provided to participants, a follow-up study has shown that a trial conducted in South Africa and Zimbabwe between 2003 and 2006 has not yielded the desired long-lasting improvements in condom use. Condom use had risen to 86% during the trial, but has since dropped to about 67%. One of the authors of the study speculates that women may have stopped using condoms after they no longer received support and counseling from the trial. Life for Mothers recognizes the critical need for sustained support and education of women and their husbands/partners to continue contraceptive usage. Our program is not intended as a temporary band-aid, but as a means to improving the healthcare system long-term. To read the full article, click here.

Did you know?

The risk of a woman dying in sub-Saharan Africa as a result of pregnancy or childbirth is 1 in 22, as compared to 1 in 7300 in developed regions.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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