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U.S. Government Funding For HIV/AIDS in Resource Poor Settings

January 1, 2004

This report examines US federal funding to address the global HIV/AIDS epidemic in low- and middle-income countries. The data on US international aid for HIV/AIDS is broken down into bilateral and multilateral assistance programmes. Five federal departments and US-funded multilateral organisations are analysed regarding financial support for HIV/AIDS-related activities.

Global Funding For HIV/AIDS in Resource Poor Settings

December 1, 2003

This report presents available data on the financial aid currently directed towards the HIV/AIDS epidemic in low- and middle-income countries. Estimates of current need are compared with estimates of current funding. Tables and charts display data on HIV/AIDS-channelled resources from donor governments, multilateral organisations, and the private sector, and domestic funding by the governments of aid-receiving countries.

Abstinence Only vs. Comprehensive Sex Education: What are the Arguments? What is the Evidence?

March 14, 2002

Responding to the continuing health threats of HIV, STIs and unplanned pregnancy among young people, the widely respected Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences recently recommended eliminating congressional, federal, state and local "requirements that public funds be used for abstinence-only education." And surveys consistently show that the public wants schools to deliver strong abstinence messages alongside information about self-protection for young people who find themselves in sexual situations. The vast majority of parents support sex education in the schools, including the provision of information about contraceptive and condom use.Unfortunately, federal policy is grossly out of step with the wishes of most parents and students, as well as the scientific research. Since the early 1980s, Congress has devoted significant resources to abstinence-only programming. Partly as a result of federal policy and funding changes, public schools are increasingly supporting abstinence-only curricula that are less likely to include information about birth control, STD prevention and sexual orientation. The evidence tells us that these trends represent a dangerous disservice to America's younger generation.