Policy & Politics
U.S. Global AIDS Ambassador Dybul Responds to Criticism of ABC Prevention Model
August 16, 2006
Mark Dybul, ambassador for the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, on Tuesday addressed criticism from some HIV/AIDS advocates that the HIV prevention strategy known as ABC -- which stands for abstinence, be faithful and use condoms and is promoted by the U.S. -- promotes abstinence significantly more than condom use, AFP/Yahoo! News reports (Collinson, AFP/Yahoo! News, 8/16). By law, at least one-third of HIV prevention funds that countries receive through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief -- a $15 billion, five-year program -- must be used for abstinence-until-marriage and faithfulness programs. Some HIV/AIDS advocates on Sunday at the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto said the U.S. focus on abstinence under ABC hinders efforts to curb the pandemic. In addition, U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa Stephen Lewis on Monday said, "No government in the Western world has the right to dictate policy to African governments around the way in which they respond to the pandemic," adding, "That kind of insipient neocolonialism is unacceptable. ... We're saying to Africa: 'This is how you will respond to the pandemic,' and that's not appropriate because African governments are eminently capable of deciding what their priorities are and what the response should be" (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 8/15). U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) in a recent news conference said, "What we see is a very ideologically driven administration, both domestically and internationally, trying to put their moral values ... on communities and countries" (Fox, Reuters U.K., 8/14). Dozens of protestors on Monday at the conference called on the U.S. to change its ABC policy, shouting, "Real prevention means talking sex and drugs," AFP/Yahoo! News reports.
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