CDC Recommends Abstinence as Primary HPV Prevention Strategy
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent a report to Congress last week recommending that abstinence or monogamy should be used as the primary prevention strategy for human papillomavirus (HPV), angering women's rights and health advocates. According to Kaiser, the report did not recommend using condoms as a primary prevention strategy for HPV.
According to the Feminist Majority Foundation's medical director, Dr. Beth Jordan, "this administration's ideological spin promoting abstinence flies in the face of reality. People in this country - even young people - are sexually active. We must empower them with comprehensive sex education so that they can make smart and responsible choices for themselves."
Meanwhile, President's Bush's recent budget request asks for a doubling in abstinence-education funds - most of which would go to new community based abstinence education program that will be run by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, reports the Washington Times. While Bush wants to increase budget expenditures in these programs up to $140 million this year, these programs have never been proven effective. The concern raised by women's health advocates is that by not stressing condom usage, young people will be at greater risk for other sexually transmitted infections.
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .