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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Strengthen global HIV prevention

While the U.S. is a leader in global funding to prevent HIV/AIDS, our funding policies are falling short for women and girls. Much of President Bush's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (called PEPFAR) is ideologically driven, depriving women and girls of more effective, evidence-based solutions.

At least a third of funds from PEPFAR must go toward abstinence-until-marriage programs, which have proven to be ineffective in preventing new HIV infections. Critical HIV prevention measures are often separated from other reproductive health services as well. Altogether, these policies fail to address the reality of women's lives. We need HIV prevention programs rooted in effective solutions.

Take Action: Urge Senators Durbin and Obama to lead on this issue!
Read more: Stepping up U.S. global HIV prevention, by Kimberly Whipke 12.01.2007

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Anonymous KD Patrick said...

You have provided a lot of good information. I would like to add a reference to the GUAHAN Project ( This Guam-based AIDS Service Organization helps people living in the U.S. affiliated Pacific region--American Samoa, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam--which suffers enormous health disparities due in part to limited Federal assistance, and in part due to the post-colonial era per capita income: for example, it is only $2,900 in the Marshall Islands, and $2,300 in the Federated States of Micronesia. For comparison, the U.S. per capita income is $46,000. A small donation to the GUAHAN Project can make a huge difference in stemming the tide of HIV in these small, culturally rich enclaves that could be destroyed by HIV/AIDS.

March 30, 2008 at 3:05 PM  

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