ANCHOR LEAD: WHAT’S THE MAIN REASON HIV CONTINUES ITS RAMPAGE? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
In spite of massive public education campaigns, free condom distribution and the like, HIV continues to infect more and more people worldwide. Why? A recent study in the Lancet concludes that people in supposedly monogamous relationships where one partner is having sex with another person are the primary culprit. Kenrad Nelson, an HIV expert at Johns Hopkins, concurs.
NELSON: The highest risk is when they’re simultaneously, as opposed to serially, monogamous, which is not as high a risk as when persons are having sex with multiple persons at the same time, even when one partner is monogamous and the other is not, that also is important and I think that seemed to be a very important driver in Africa, in sub-Saharan Africa, and throughout the world as well. :27
Nelson says the monogamous partner makes the mistaken assumption that they’re at low risk of HIV infection. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.