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May 2006

Web Filtering in Palm Beach, FL: Schools Blocks Access to LGBT Sites
In Palm Beach County, FL students and free speech advocates are branding their school district's internet filtering policies as web censorship. The school district's filtering software blocks access to the websites of a number of organizations that work on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, including the Gay and ...
Massachusetts to Change Use of Title V Funds
Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) has changed the use of the state's Title V funding despite the state legislature's rejection of his proposal. By working directly with the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Governor Romney has ensured the funds will now put abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in the ...
Secret White House Meeting on Plan B
White House consultations are seldom, if ever, part of the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug approval process, however, while the application for non-prescription sales of the emergency contraceptive Plan B was pending before the FDA, it was also the topic of discussion between a White House official and ...
CDC Censors Panel at the 2006 National STD Prevention Conference
Succumbing to political pressure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) censored critical public health perspectives on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs at the 2006 National STD Prevention Conference. After Representative Mark Souder (R-IN), chair of the House Subcommittee on Drug Policy raised questions about the panel's “balance,” the CDC changed the ...
States’ Legislative Sessions Draw to a Close
Summer marks the end of state legislative sessions across the country, and only one state, Wisconsin, has passed legislation that impacts sexuality education. (In 2005, not one state passed legislation that impacted sexuality education.) While a few bills are still expected to be decided within the coming weeks, the majority ...
Marriage Promotion for Refugees Living in the U.S.
On May 3, the Department of Health and Human Service's Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced that it is dedicating approximately $4.4 million in federal taxpayer dollars to the 2006 Refugee Healthy Marriage Program. Specifically, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) intends to grant money to organizations that will ...
Chicago Public Schools Adopt Comprehensive Sexuality Education Policy
The Board of Education of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has taken a big step to standardize and improve sexuality education in its schools. On April 26, 2006 the board voted unanimously to approve the Family Life and Comprehensive Sexual Health Education policy, which will require schools to teach comprehensive, ...
Brazil: An Inspiration and Model for HIV/AIDS Prevention
In some circles, Brazil is most commonly associated with its colorful and raucous Carnaval celebration, but among those concerned about HIV/AIDS, Brazil is best known for its pioneering antiretroviral treatment program that began in 1996 and now provides treatment to 170,000 Brazilians. Brazil, ranked as a middle income country, is ...

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