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November 2007

Sex Education Requirement is Not Enough: Study Reveals Lack of Consistency in Florida Schools
A newly released assessment of Florida’s sex education curricula reveals a wide disparity in the quality and content of information offered to students.  The study, released at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting on November 5, is raising a red flag among public health officials and educators.1    Florida is ...
More Bad News for Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs
As Congress continues to decide the Fiscal Year 2008 funding level for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, a group of leading public health researchers weigh in and another study shows that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs are not effective and not deserving of federal funds. Leading Researchers Urge Congress to Cut or Eliminate Abstinence-Only Funding Ten ...
Virginia Rejects Title V Federal Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funds
n October 2007, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine released the commonwealth’s Fiscal Year 2008 budget, which included a statement that Virginia would not be applying for Title V federal abstinence-only-until-marriage funds next year. Specifically, the Governor’s budget states, “Eliminate general funding match for federal Abstinence Grant…Formal program evaluations at the federal ...
The Politics of HIV/AIDS Prevention 2008: Presidential Candidates Provide Views on Sex Education, Needle Exchange, National AIDS Plan, PEPFAR
This is the third article in SIECUS’ continuing series uncovering the presidential candidates’ views on topics related to sexual and reproductive health and rights. In advance of World AIDS Day 2007, several organizations that focus on stemming the spread of HIV/AIDS surveyed the Presidential candidates to find out where they ...
UNAIDS Report Revises Global HIV/AIDS Estimates
On Tuesday, November 20, 2007 UNAIDS and the World Health Organization released a joint report revising their global HIV/AIDS estimates based on improved methods of evaluating data.  While the new interpretation has resulted in a 16% reduction in the estimated number of people living with HI
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Reports a Rise in HIV/AIDS Cases in Europe
On November 22, 2007, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) released new data reporting that the incidence of HIV/AIDS infections in Europe has nearly doubled since 1999.1  The ECDC reports that this increase could be due to an increase in HIV testing, an increase in the number ...
District of Columbia Releases Startling AIDS Statistics; Adopts Comprehensive Sexuality Education Standards
On Monday, November 26 the District of Columbia released the first comprehensive statistics on the prevalence of HIV and AIDS in the area through its Epidemiology Annual Report.  Nationwide, the rate of HIV is 14.0 per 100,000 individuals whi

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