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August 2011

New York City Initiative to Support Black and Latino Males Mandates Sex Education in Schools
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced the launch of a new $127 million initiative to address the economic, educational, and employment barriers facing young African American and Latino men. The Young Men’s Initiative establishes a three-year plan to enact policy changes, agency reforms, and community programs in order ...
New HIV Incidence Shows Overall Stability, But Rising Rate among Youth and MSM
Thirty years after HIV/AIDS first appearedin the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released their first multi-year estimates of new HIV incidence for the years 2006–2009. While the figures show overall new infections remaining at about 50,000 annually, new infections in men who have sex ...
Department of Health and Human Services Mandates Insurance Coverage of Women’s Preventive Health Services
The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released sweeping new guidelines for women’s preventive medical services that new insurance plans must cover beginning in August 2012. In addition to expanding the range of procedures that insurers are required to cover, “plans can no longer charge a ...
Florida Rejects Funding for Evidence-Based Sex Education, Accepts Funding for Ineffective Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs
Florida recently turned down millions of dollars in federal grants, including funding for evidence-based sex education, based on state leaders’ opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The state has been a strong opponent of the 2010 health care law; Governor Rick Scott and many members of the ...

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