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November 2006

UNAIDS Report: Lack of Comprehensive Prevention Knowledge among Young People Contributes to Increase in HIV in PEPFAR Focus Countries
On November 21, the Joint United Nations Program on AIDS (UNAIDS) released its annual update on the global AIDS epidemic.1 The report indicates that, although some promising developments have been made in the fight against the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, including scaling up the availability of anti-retroviral treatment in some of ...
Center for Reproductive Rights Can Subpoena White House
Judge Viktor Pohorelsky, a federal judge for the second circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, has granted the Center for Reproductive Rights' (CRR's) motion for a subpoena of White House records in their continuing case against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over its handling of a decision regarding ...
Measures Supporting Same-Sex Unions in South Africa and Mexico
On November 30, South Africa became the first country in Africa, and the fifth worldwide, to legalize same-sex marriages. The Civil Union Act was signed into effect by Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, a day ahead of the deadline set forth by the Constitutional Court to ensure equality for lesbians and ...
Proposed Constitutional Amendment Continues Poland’s Assault on Sexual and Reproductive Rights
Over the past several decades, Polish women's ability to access sexual and reproductive health services and exercise reproductive autonomy has severely decreased. Poland is at the forefront of a growing European conservative movement that seeks to reverse the trend among European Union member countries to implement liberal reproductive and sexual ...
Bush Administration Appoints Anti-Choice, Anti-Contraception, Anti-Sexuality Education Doctor to Head U.S. Family Planning Program
The Bush administration recently appointed a new chief of family planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) who opposes choice, contraception, and sexuality education. Eric Keroack—currently the “medical director” of A Woman's Concern, a Christian organization that runs six crisis pregnancy centers in Massachusetts and regards ...
New GAO Report Documents Failure of Oversight for Federally Funded Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs
On November 16, the non-partisan Government Accounting Office (GAO) released a new report detailing evidence that the federal government has failed to provide effective oversight for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. The report was done at the request of several members of Congress concerned about the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' ...
Research Finds Americans Favor Comprehensive Sexuality Education Over Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs
“Public Opinion on Sex Education in U.S. Schools,” a new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania published in the recent issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine , found that the majority of Americans favor comprehensive sexuality education. The study found that, regardless of their political ...

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