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Capitol Health Call
May 10, 2006

US Global AIDS Effort Criticized

JAMA. 2006;295(18):2130. doi:10.1001/jama.295.18.2130-a

A report from the Government Accountability Office criticizes the Bush administration's $15-billion, 5-year initiative to combat the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, saying its emphasis on abstinence is hampering efforts to create multipronged prevention programs in funded countries (http://www.globalaidsalliance.org/docs/GAO_Report_April_2006.pdf).

In its April 4 report, the congressional oversight agency said that funding tied to programs that focus on abstinence until marriage and fidelity within marriage were presenting funding challenges for various countries. The report said that 17 of 20 country HIV/AIDS prevention teams reported that requiring that funds be spent on abstinence-focused programs would prevent them from allocating prevention resources in accordance with local HIV/AIDS needs.

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