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January 2008

Florida Considers Comprehensive Sexuality Education Legislation
Florida legislators announced in January that they have proposed a bill amending the state’s sexuality education law. The bill, titled the Florida Healthy Teens Act, would require Florida public schools receiving state funding to provide comprehensive, medically accurate, age-appropriate information about contraception and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) during sexuality education ...
Arizona Rejects Title V Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding
In January 2008, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano announced that the state would refuse federal Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage funding for Fiscal Year 2009.  Governor Napolitano emphasized that she would only accept federal dollars that could be spent on “a curriculum that provides comprehensive and medically accurate sex education.”1 The U.S. Department of ...
President Releases Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Request; Cuts Critical Healthcare Program; Requests Huge Increase for Abstinence-Only Programs
On February 4, 2008, President Bush submitted his Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Budget Request—the last of his presidency.  The budget request totaled $3.1 trillion and cuts billions of dollars from federal health programs.  The budget proposes increases in spending for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs and global health programs but would eliminate or ...
State in Focus: The Status of Sexuality Education in Illinois
A recent study conducted across the state of Illinois found that the quality of comprehensive sexuality education is not equal in all classrooms.1  The assessment included four topics for sexuality education: abstinence-until-marriage, HIV/ AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, and contraception, and found that only 65 percent of classrooms covered all ...
International Conference Held to Address Global Health Worker Shortages
Global health leaders, national health ministers, and HIV/AIDS experts convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on January 8–10, 2008, for the first International Conference on Task Shifting, to discuss the shortage of global health workers.  The conference, hosted by the Ethiopian government along with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United ...

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