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The role of religious leaders in changing sexual behaviour in Southwest Nigeria in an era of AIDS

I.O. Orubuloye, John C. Caldwell and Pat Caldwell
Health Transition Review
Vol. 3, Supplement. Sexual Networking and HIV/AIDS in West Africa (1993), pp. 93-104
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40652064
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

Nigerian Christian and Muslim religious leaders have long preached against premarital and extramarital sexual relations. The AIDS epidemic has provided an additional case for such preaching. As part of a study of the teachings of religious leaders with regard to sexual behaviour and AIDS, this paper reports on interviews and survey responses during 1992 with 81 leaders of African Independent Churches and 40 Muslim leaders in the Yoruba area of southwest Nigeria. It was found that nearly all preach that the AIDS epidemic is a divine punishment for sexual immorality and most had intensified their teaching against sex outside marriage, with, however, a greater emphasis on female than male behaviour. Most have not used the epidemic to go to excessive lengths and the majority believe that government health campaigns are more likely to change sexual behaviour than are the teachings of religious leaders.

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