The Consequences of Abstinence-only Sex Education

From The Smart Set at Drexel University:

It’s easy to be blasé about HIV transmission in the United States. We have gone from denial to panic to effective prevention back to denial. Once treatment became available, it became a manageable chronic illness, not an automatic death sentence. Now it’s either an inconvenience or it’s that big, overwhelming thing happening in Africa that we could not possibly begin to help. Pisani cuts through the nonsense with a “Well, actually…” and reminds us there are things that work to cut the transmission rates: condoms and needle exchange programs. The reason why they’re not working is our squeamishness about discussing sex and our lack of concern about people we see as useless junkies. The Smart Set: Safety First – July 30, 2008

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