THE INFLUENCE OF ISLAM ON AIDS PREVENTION AMONG SENEGALESE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
Author: Sarah S. Gilbert
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"Few studies have attempted to quantify Islam’s contributions to HIV/AIDS prevention. Senegal has involved Muslim leaders in its prevention campaign for over a decade. Senegal also has the lowest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in sub–Saharan Africa. This study examines how Islam influences AIDS prevention by testing whether Senegalese participants’ religiosity scores explain their risky decisions associated with sex, condom use, and drug use. Participants with higher religiosity scores were more likely to abstain from sex. However, participants high in re- ligiosity were not more likely to report that they did not use condoms when sexually active."

"In Senegal, Islam’s taboos and traditions play into traditional African hierarchies to produce powerful effects on youth’s behavior. The promising results of low drug and alcohol use, as well as the effect of religiosity on abstinence, suggests that Islam continues to play an important role in promoting low–risk behaviors among the Muslim university student population. "

How is this related to Islam?

Islam prohibits sexual relations before marriage and adultery. Allah says: "Do not go near adultery, surely it is an indecency, and an evil way [of fulfilling sexual urge]". (17:32) Abstaining from sexual relations before marriage or sex with multiple partners can significantly reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Source

The Guilford Press