Macon, Ga., Mayor Calls for Better HIV/AIDS Prevention, Sex Education in Public Schools Following Africa Trip
September 12, 2003
Macon, Ga., Mayor Jack Ellis on Wednesday said that his recent trip to Africa as part of a U.S. Conference of Mayors delegation has convinced him that public schools need better sex education and HIV/AIDS prevention programs that include condom distribution, the Macon Telegraph reports. Ellis, who returned this week from a trip to Africa, said that HIV/AIDS education efforts in Uganda have been more effective "by far" than similar efforts in the United States because Ugandans have learned to openly discuss the disease. "I learned as much as I shared," Ellis said, adding, "Because I think we can do more to publicize and to be more forthright about AIDS, especially given sex education and other things in our school system, because right now we have some prohibition as to even what we can discuss in our school system, be it condoms and other sexual matters" (Beverley, Macon Telegraph, 9/11). Ellis was joined on the Africa trip by Burnsville, Minn., Mayor Elizabeth Kautz and Knoxville, Tenn., Mayor Victor Ashe, who said that the best way to combat HIV/AIDS is through collaborative efforts between local leaders and communities. The three mayors visited AIDS-related project sites in the Ugandan capital city of Kampala and its neighboring city of Jinja to get a first-hand look at the impact of HIV/AIDS in local communities. In addition, the mayors got a closer look at how community leaders are handling the HIV/AIDS epidemic and determined areas where community leaders need more resources (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 9/11).
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