Op-ed: Abstinence-only education won't stop HIV in Texas

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    May 12, 2015 11:19 PM GMT
    State Rep. Stuart Spitzer, R - Kaufman, filed an amendment that would transfer $3 million over two years from comprehensive HIV prevention to abstinence-only education. The proposal garnered opposition from Democrats who quickly reminded Spitzer that Texas has the third-highest number of HIV diagnoses in the country. Despite the facts, Spitzer’s amendment passed 97 to 47.

    "Although we have more work to do, our state has made much progress thanks to proven prevention methods. In 2004, the transmission rate was 8.9 percent, but in 2013, the transmission rate decreased to 5.6 percent. More than 19,000 new HIV cases were avoided. Also, HIV prevention saves Texas money. The annual treatment cost for one person living with HIV is approximately $23,000 annually, which means HIV prevention effectively saved the state $1.6 billion in less than 10 years."


    Abstinence-only education hasn't worked anywhere. It was originally part of Pepfar.

    U.S. Push for Abstinence in Africa Is Seen as Failure Against H.I.V.
    President George W. Bush’s global AIDS plan was enacted in 2003 and marshaled billions of dollars to treat Africans who had AIDS with lifesaving drugs. Conservative Republican leaders in the House of Representatives successfully included a provision that one-third of AIDS prevention money go to programs to encourage abstinence and fidelity. That campaign — known as ABC, for abstain, be faithful and use condoms — was part of the bargain made when Christian conservatives joined with liberals to pass the law.


    If I'm not mistaken, originally 100% was for ABC. Only in recent years under Obama has that formulation changed.

    "In 2008, when it came time to renew PEPFAR for
    another five years, Congress debated whether to
    loosen the abstinence-until-marriage spending
    requirement in light of evidence that the require-
    ment limited countries’ abilities to effectively
    apply resources where they are needed most.

    PEPFAR II (for FY 2009–2013),
    Congress repealed the “hard earmark” for
    abstinence-until-marriage programs. Instead, it
    stipulated that for those countries with general-
    ized epidemics, the global AIDS coordinator must
    develop an HIV sexual prevention strategy for
    which at least half of funding supports “activities
    promoting abstinence, delay of sexual debut, mo-
    nogamy, fidelity and partner reduction.”"

  • roadbikeRob

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    May 14, 2015 1:21 AM GMT
    Just like you cannot stop Texans from acting and being hopelessly stupid.
  • KissTheSky

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    May 14, 2015 1:22 AM GMT
    This is what happens when you elect Republicans.
    Every one of them must be turned out of office.
  • FRE0

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    May 14, 2015 1:31 AM GMT
    Texas isn't interested in stopping AIDS. They just want to impose their will upon others regardless of the consequences.
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 14, 2015 12:14 PM GMT
    KissTheSky saidThis is what happens when you elect Republicans.
    Every one of them must be turned out of office.
    Its not just right wing republicans, it is the overwhelming majority of Texans in general. That is why Texas can secede anytime, do all us Americans a long overdue favor.