Ignorance Only: HIV/AIDS, Human Rights and Federally Funded Abstinence-Only Programs in the United States

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Focusing on Texas, which has a significant number of abstinence-only sex ed programs, the researchers contend that those programs endanger the health of young people by not thoroughly educating them about HIV/AIDS prevention. Teachers, students and school officials voice frustration about the abstinence-only program curricula that, for example, omits important information about condom use. The report concludes with recommendations for programs to provide a more comprehensive approach to HIV/AIDS education. 49 pages. Free online. Human Rights Watch, 350 Fifth Ave., 34th Floor, New York, NY 10118. (212) 290-4700, http://hrw.org/reports/2002/usa0902/USA0902.pdf.

– Mary Tess Driver, Della Mosley, Andrew Beadle, Patrick Boyle