But, they couldn't help themselves by still pushing condoms into the forefront of reporting the story:
Let me interpret - because we cannot deny the evidence in this study, we admit that behavioral change (e.g., abstinence and fidelity) are saving lives. But, because we have an agenda to push that includes the western-values of sexual license, we have to still give condoms out and say that they work - though there is no evidence this is the case.
The 2008 Report on the global AIDS epidemic, produced by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), is the most comprehensive review of the epidemic to date with 147 countries reporting data on HIV.
It notes, among other things, that the combined efforts of governments, civil society and affected communities can make a difference in saving lives.For example, changes in sexual behaviour in countries such as Rwanda and Zimbabwe have led to a decline in the number of new HIV infections, and condom use is increasing among young people with multiple partners in many countries. Young people in seven of the most-affected countries, including Burkina Faso and Cameroon, are also waiting longer to have sex.
Here is the press release and the whole report. Uganda was the first to see significant decline and the other countries that followed their lead also have. The evidence speaks for itself, now it is time for the pro-choice, pro-condom, pro-sexual license crowd to admit they were wrong.
But, let us all rejoice that there is something good to report in the battle against AIDS.
First Things had a good article on Churches and AIDS recently that I recommend. It advances the same opinion that behavior can be changed and this is the best way to attack AIDS.