Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
  
  • Email Email
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

Commentary & Opinion

Washington, D.C., "Prime Example" of Ineffective Youth HIV/AIDS Education, Letter to Editor Says

August 19, 2008

A recent Washington Times opinion piece "highlights important statistics about the AIDS epidemic" in Washington, D.C., as well as the "need for more prevention education," Richard Urban of Urban Life Training and Reality Assessment Teen Choice writes in a Times letter to the editor. However, although the authors of the opinion piece "offer no prevention plan, it is clear where they are coming from: Abstinence programs are 'ineffective'; prevention programs must be 'evidence-based,' which is code language for 'programs that ... promote abstinence need not apply,'" Urban adds.

The district is a "prime example of what has gone very wrong when it comes to preventing HIV/AIDS" in the U.S., Urban writes, adding that programs that "encourage and support youths in their decision to abstain from sex ... have been evicted from D.C. public schools" by Mayor Adrian Fenty and schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. No "effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategy can be devised as long as D.C. politicians and school officials" do not support "policies that look at what is best for all D.C. children and families," Urban concludes (Urban, Washington Times, 8/18).

Back to other news for August 2008


Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at www.kaisernetwork.org/dailyreports/hiv. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, by The Advisory Board Company. © 2008 by The Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.



  
  • Email Email
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
 
See Also
More HIV News

Tools
 

Advertisement