A new billboard campaign is stirring further controversy in the ABC/Condom debate in Uganda. The issue is well discussed in this post on PlusNews (IRIN).
We know that HIV rates are rising in Uganda and it seems that more than 40% of new infections are occurring among those in long-term relationships. Multiple concurrent relationships (cheating?) are common, and the consistent, correct use of condoms is poor (less than 25%).
Given these data I think it is right and proper that public health campaigns promote the use of condoms, testing for HIV and knowing your partner’s (partners’) status.
I’m not at all convinced that promoting such a message is encouraging immorality and will lead to more people becoming unfaithful or promiscuous, I think those that will, are already being so. I favour this realistic and pragmatic public service approach, whilst at the same time agreeing with the detractors that, yes it would be better if we lived our lives faithful to our partners.
So if you cannot be faithful and are going to cheat, then please use a condom; and if you think you are being cheated on, then get tested and ask your partner to do so too.