Friday, December 01, 2006

Bush says AIDS "can be defeated"

A Washington Post article discusses Bush's initiatives to combat AIDS. Bush's AIDS initiative has helped AIDS efforts in 15 countries. This includes a treatment program that gets drugs to 800,000+ people. On the downside, however, the initiative requires that a third of the money be dedicated to the promotion of abstinence.

I don't see how the President can say the AIDS can be defeated when abstinence is one-third of the education efforts. These efforts are targeted at adults. Adults will do what they want to do--abstinence isn't all that appealing to most. The initiative would be more successful if it took a holistic and realistic approach to its education efforts. Then, maybe AIDS really can be defeated. Until then, consenting adults will continue to do what they want to do.

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