Policy & Politics
Three House Democrats Ask HHS Secretary Thompson to Reconsider Rules for AIDS Organizations' Prevention Materials
September 12, 2003
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) yesterday sent a letter to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson asking him to reconsider new rules imposed on HIV/AIDS prevention programs that receive federal funding, the AP/Las Vegas Sun reports. HHS in July as part of the CDC's new HIV/AIDS prevention strategy announced that state or local health agencies must approve all HIV/AIDS prevention material distributed by groups that receive funding from the CDC. However, the three lawmakers said that the groups already use review panels to ensure that they distribute accurate and appropriate information. "This new requirement has yet to be justified by CDC, is not accompanied by new funding and has caused concerns among state HIV/AIDS directors," the lawmakers wrote in the letter. HHS spokesperson Tony Jewell said that the local approval requirement will provide groups an "extra safeguard" if members of Congress or others raise concerns about their materials, according to the AP/Sun. Some lawmakers raised questions in 2001 when an internal HHS audit found that some federally funded HIV/AIDS programs used educational materials that promoted sexual activity and met the legal standard for obscenity.
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