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Former Ugandan Health Official Takes Issue With Museveni On Abstinence-Only - 2004-07-13

Former Ugandan health official Dr. Richard Otto says abstinence alone is not effective in fighting HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Otto credits the use of condoms, not abstinence, or most of the success in Uganda?s anti-Aids campaign. He takes issue with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni?s remarks at the Int?l AIDS conference in Bangkok that abstinence is the most effective way of fighting the AIDS pandemic.

Dr. Otto says a comprehensive approach of combining abstinence and condoms is crucial to preventing infections. He says African cultural norms help promote the fight against HIV/AIDS because he says, they engender love and fidelity.

Dr. Otto spoke from New York with English to Africa reporter Ashenafi Abedje. Click above links to download or listen to interview.