Commentary & Opinion
Bush's Sex Education, Ryan White Policies Undermining HIV Prevention Efforts in Gay Community, Opinion Piece Says
December 9, 2005
Not only is President Bush doing "precious little" to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in the gay community, but his policies also have "worked against" prevention efforts targeting the population, California state Sen. Carole Migden (D) writes in a San Francisco Examiner opinion piece. The Bush administration has shown a "consistent pattern of funding abstinence-only programs" that "deny the reality that many teenagers and adults ... have sex outside of wedlock -- especially in the gay community, where there is no possibility of marriage," Migden says. In addition, Bush has proposed a "wrong-headed policy" to cut Ryan White CARE Act funding "from states and cities generous enough to provide local assistance to AIDS patients," Migden writes. "It's high time we re-fund and reprioritize safe sex and AIDS assistance programs based on real science and geared toward the gay community," she concludes (Migden, San Francisco Examiner, 12/8).
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