Safe-sex education replaced with programs that teach abstinence as the only way to prevent STDs

I don't usually post of things of this nature – but it scared me so badly, I thought I had to share it with everyone.

Quote from: http://www.alternet.org/envirohealth/19045/

"Lethal new regulations from President Bush's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, quietly issued with no fanfare last week, complete the right-wing Republicans' goal of gutting HIV-prevention education in the United States. In place of effective, disease-preventing safe-sex education, little will soon remain except failed programs that denounce condom use, while teaching abstinence as the only way to prevent the spread of AIDS. And those abstinence-only programs, researchers say, actually increase the risk of contracting AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)."

Can someone please tell me this isn't real?

The thought of removing safe sex programs and replacing them with abstinence only programs is recipe for disaster, regardless of the nation that it belongs to.

I used to live in Atlanta, so this does hit a little close to home.

If you do live in the area – please take action –

"There's only a tiny window of opportunity to try to get the new CDC censorship rules changed before they go into effect (the deadline for public comments is August 16 — they may be e-mailed to HIVComments@cdc.gov or faxed to 404-639-3125.)"

 

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  • JesterXL | June 28, 2004

    Just because the CDC is in Atlanta doesn’t mean that this ideal education initiative is the general consensus of Atlanta… or does it? Not into politics, but from last check, Georgia fell 50th in our national 50 state test score test, so this won’t help, heh.

    Cool, thanks for the email address to email comments too!

  • Addictionkitten | June 28, 2004

    …no, it’s not the general consensus of Atlanta. (He got the original link from me, an atlanta native) In fact most atlanta citizens didn’t even know about it, and believe me we’re not thrilled. I was caught completely off guard when I read this, which is why I posted it in the first place. Anybody reading this from the United States… please please *please* do something. Thanks – Kat.

  • Michael Conger | June 29, 2004

    I have 2 thoughts…

    1. Only partially educating kids about sexual health is a BAD idea. I think even very conservative parents who think rationally would agree that helping kids think through all the issues will ultimately let them make right decisions.

    2. At the same time.. I believe that abstinence should be championed as the best choice for kids. My sex-ed classes took place in Jr. High (aprox 13yrs old). I would seriously question the sanity of anyone who thinks it’s a good choice for a 13yr old to be sexually active.

    In summary… trying to keep the whole truth from kids is a mistake… Instead, let’s give them the facts with a heavy dose of adult guidence. My parents did this for me and, as an adult, I can look back and respect the advice they gave me in view of the facts rather than resent them for not telling me the whole truth.

  • Keith Powell | February 20, 2007

    I.m by no means a conservative, but i do believe that abstinence is the best way of preventing std’s. Aging sex ed classes give a false sense of security to adolescents, of the purpose of a condom. (i know my classes did, i always thought if you wear one your pretty safe) A condom is intended to REDUCE prgnancy (which they are still only 85-88% sucessfull, due to breaks and slipping and poor fittment) and not intended to stop std’s but reduce the risk but in some cases only marginally. I think if you look at this site and its footnotes to verify it’s statements you will see what i mean. though yes it is a christian site i still think it is appropriate. Read up on the microns of rubber and how a AIDs virus can easily pass through.

    http://www.leaderu.com/offices/rusty_wright/safesex.html#text5

    I don’t even live in america so i have no interest in the outcome. but I’m guessing they wont denounce condoms just make people more aware of the flaws of condom use. That abstinence is and always will be the best prevention method. not that i will ever do that.

  • velika thomev | September 3, 2007

    But what if you don’t want to abstain? That is the thing, its not as if people think, "oh I want an std, I might have sex". Sex can be a beautiful and also a very enjoyable activity. We need to be taught that if we DO want to engage in it, how to do so safely. It is simply not enough to assume that people won’t have sex with the risk of disease.