Policy & Politics
New CDC Rules on AIDS Education Funding Might Reduce Effectiveness of HIV Prevention Materials, Some Advocates Say
September 20, 2004
Proposed guidelines from CDC for federally funded HIV/AIDS education efforts might reduce the effectiveness of HIV prevention materials and "impede efforts to prevent the disease," according to some HIV/AIDS advocates and educators, the Boston Globe reports. The agency proposed the guidelines with "little fanfare" in June in an effort to "ensure that appropriate prevention messages reach people who need to hear them most" and "increase accountability" for the more than $227 million annually that is given to local organizations for HIV/AIDS education and prevention, according to the Globe. However, CDC's "desire to increase oversight" of the funding has generated "concern" among advocates, the Globe reports. Current CDC regulations require that members of target audiences and local panels of people familiar with how HIV is transmitted approve federally funded prevention materials. The new rules also propose that materials must be approved by state or local public health authorities, according to the Globe. The proposed regulations are the "legacy" of former Rep. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who co-chairs the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS and says that HIV-positive people should "refrain from all sexual activity," the Globe reports. Coburn also advocates abstinence-only education as the only "100% effective method" for preventing the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, according to the Globe.
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