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  • Wednesday, March 30, 2005

    Warning that US funded scheme a threat to Ugandan Aids programme

    From the Guardian: US-funded scheme 'a threat to Uganda Aids programme'

    Research within Uganda by Human Rights Watch has found that information on condoms, safer sex and the risks of HIV in marriage has been removed from primary schools, while some materials used in secondary schools falsely suggest that condoms have microscopic holes that allow the HIV virus through. The Aids awareness programmes in schools are funded by the US and overseen by an American technical adviser at the ministry of education. "These abstinence-only programmes leave Uganda's children at risk of HIV," said Jonathan Cohen, one of the report's authors. "Abstinence messages should complement other HIV-prevention strategies, not undermine them."
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