U.K. Rejects U.S. Abstinence Policy for HIV/AIDS Prevention, Supports Generic Antiretroviral Drug Use
July 16, 2004
U.K. International Development Minister Gareth Thomas on Thursday at the XV International AIDS Conference publicly rejected he calls the Bush administration's support for abstinence as the "best way" to curb the spread of HIV, London's Guardian reports. Thomas also said that Britain does not support U.S. policies concerning generic antiretroviral drugs, according to the Guardian (Boseley, Guardian, 7/16). The United States has been criticized throughout the conference for its support of funding for abstinence-only education as well as its policies on generic antiretrovirals (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 7/14). The law (HR 1298) authorizing the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief endorses the "ABC" HIV prevention model -- which stands for Abstinence, Be faithful, use Condoms -- and specifies that one-third of the bill's HIV/AIDS prevention funding should be used for abstinence and monogamy programs (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 6/24). Thomas said, "We work with the Americans in a whole variety of ways, but we have a difference of views on abstinence-only campaigns." He added that Britain would continue to fund the United Nations Population Fund and the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the groups' "excellent HIV, sexual and reproductive health work" (Guardian, 7/16). Last week, U.K. officials pledged $214 million to UNAIDS and UNFPA for HIV/AIDS and women's reproductive health initiatives in developing countries. About $66 million will go to UNAIDS over the next four years and approximately $148 million will be allocated for UNFPA over the same four-year period, according to Hilary Benn, secretary of staff for the country's Department for International Development. The funding represents a more than 20% increase in the country's UNFPA contribution and triples the country's contribution to UNAIDS. According to Benn, sexual and reproductive health are "inextricably linked" to AIDS. "By taking action on one, we know we are also helping to tackle the other," Benn said (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 7/8).
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