AIDS funding no longer tied to “Abstinence-Only”

President-Elect Barack Obama plans to overhaul the Bush administration’s international family planning and AIDS prevention funding policy, which excludes abortion and strictly supports abstinence-only education.

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, enacted by President George Bush, is a $45 billion program that distributes drugs and offers prevention and relief to 3 million people in poor countries around the world. The program requires that abstinence and monogamy be stressed more than condom use, which many believe result in even higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases, Susan Wood, Obama’s cochair for women’s health advisement, told Bloomberg News.

 

In a new results-oriented administration, saving lives and focused disease prevention will trump politics and class warefare tactics by giving life-saving advice and materials.


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