Editorials and Commentary
April 9, 2002
Letter to the editor: "How do you teach teenagers about safe sex without even whispering the word 'condom' ("Condoms as a Problem Word: Iran Grapples with a Surge in AIDS," news article, April 4)? [Summarized in the PNU on April 4.]Adapted from:
"Many might be surprised to find that the United States is not unlike Iran in struggling with this question. A small Congressional faction quietly slipped a provision into the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 allocating millions for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs -- programs that, like those in Iran, must censor information about condoms for the prevention of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease, including HIV.
"President Bush has requested a 33 percent increase in next year's budget for these misguided programs.
"It is time for the United States to follow the suggestions of more than 100 leading public health organizations and stop financing programs that require teachers to censor life-saving information for our nation's youth."
The author is president of Advocates for Youth.
New York Times
04.07.02; James Wagoner
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.