Despite the donation of billions of dollars in the fight against AIDS, the disease remains without cure and continues to spread. Why has so little progress been made? Using abundant evidence drawn from the latest scientific research, Hanley and de Irala show that the most effective method of combating the AIDS crisis is through sexual abstinence and fidelity in marriage. Where this strategy has been employed, especially in African countries such as Uganda, the decline in AIDS has been remarkable. Yet this common-sense strategy is rejected by the leading advocates for the victims of AIDS and is ignored by public policy experts, the media, and governments. The problem, the authors note, is an ideological bias against methods that rely on self-control and behavior change. Despite the effectiveness of these methods, they remain outcasts in the struggle to contain one of the world’s most devastating diseases.

Hanley and de Irala turn the tables on this defeatist mentality, arguing that ideological commitments need to be set aside in favor of efforts to change human behavior. The big-money interests that control the vast amount of wealth directed to AIDS prevention will not want to read this volume, but the evidence lies with the teachings of the Catholic Church, which has been counseling self-control, abstinence, and fidelity in marriage throughout the millennia. In his foreword, Harvard professor Edward Green reiterates, through his own experience, the success of this method.