Mark Weston
Mark Weston is the author of African Beauty and The Ringtone and the Drum. He lives in Khartoum
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/ 1 December 2006

Broken windows and HIV: a different approach

<img src="" align=left>Governments should recognise that behaviour is influenced by its social context. In a disordered society where anything goes, individuals are more likely to make reckless decisions. But where there is order, and respect for others, fateful choices such as whether to use a condom are liable to swing in favour of protecting one’s partner, and HIV transmission can be reduced.

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/ 22 February 2005

Safe sex sucks

In the fight against Aids, prevention still matters, but prevention programmes in Africa have so far largely failed. "Safe sex" messages promoting abstinence or condom use have been largely ignored. Most Africans, like most Europeans, have sex young, often and with a variety of partners. Few regularly use condoms.