Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Global Sex

"There's a misperception that there's a great deal of promiscuity in Africa, which is one of the potential reasons for HIV/AIDS spreading so rapidly," said Dr. Paul van Look, director of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organization, who was unconnected to the study. "But that view is not supported by the evidence." Wellings says that implies that promiscuity may be less important than factors such as poverty and education...

Researchers also found that married people have the most sex, and that there has been a gradual shift to delay marriage, even in developing countries.

"A single woman is more able to negotiate safe sex in certain circumstances than a married woman," says van Look, who points out that married women in Africa and Asia are often threatened by unfaithful husbands who frequent prostitutes.

Because of the diversity of sexual habits worldwide, Wellings warns that no single approach to sexual health will work everywhere. "There are very different economic, religious and social rules governing sexual conduct across the world," Wellings said.

Who says raising awareness doesn't help?

Courtesy of The International Herald Tribune. Article here.

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