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  + News Title : A new alphabet for HIV prevention
     
  + News Headline : A NEW ALPHABET FOR HIV PREVENTION
     
     
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  Rolake Odetoyinbo, national coordinator of Nigeria 's Treatment Access Movement, according to IRIN reports, has called for people to suspend their "moral bias" wondering if abstinence-only programmes have worked.

With young people being advised to wait until marriage before they have sex, Rolake said this strategy "have failed me as an African woman, I got infected in my marital bed, by my husband, whom I was faithful to," adding that condoms on the other hand had been proven to work.

Odetoyinbo, who is also a member of the Pan African Treatment Access Movement (PATAM), noted that it was time for a new alphabet for prevention: "A is acknowledge that sex is happening, B is be realistic, C is give people choices, D is delay sexual debut, E is empower people with the right information and F is for financial independence".

PATAM has released a declaration calling for African governments to resist alleged US pressure and ensure that comprehensive prevention, including access to male and female condoms are integrated in all HIV/AIDS programmes.