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AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR AIDS AND SEX EDUCATION, CONDOMS FOR TEEN-AGERS

 AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR AIDS AND SEX EDUCATION,
 CONDOMS FOR TEEN-AGERS
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- To combat the increasing dangers of AIDS among teen-agers, the American Nurses Association (ANA) is calling for increased AIDS and sex education, including the option of abstinence; education about safer sex practices and the risks of HIV and drug use; and the distribution of condoms to minors. ANA also supports the inclusion of information related to HIV transmission in school curricula.
 In a position statement released earlier this month, ANA released these recommendations and others that would emphasize prevention as the most effective strategy in dealing with the risks of HIV transmission among young Americans.
 In a large study of 7,880 American teen-agers (Anderson, et al, 1990) that included 4,258 females and 3,615 males, researchers noted that although high school students know the main modes of HIV transmission, a large proportion believes that donating blood and exposure to insect bites increase the risk of infection. They also believe that birth control pills provide some protection against infection and that it is possible to tell whether people have AIDS by looking at them.
 ANA cites this kind of misinformation as an indication of the need for increasing the presence and numbers of school nurses and supporting their ongoing health education. ANA has issued the following specific recommendations in its position statement:
 -- Education about the risks of HIV infection, basic sex information, including the option of abstinence and the essential features of safer sex practices should be a major priority within community nursing practice with a special emphasis on nurses who practice in school health settings and school-based clinics;
 -- Increased education about the risks of HIV infection and drug use;
 -- Increased access to preventive health care services by qualified providers for teen-agers and college-age students;
 -- Advertising and distribution of condoms to minors;
 -- Cooperation and coordination among state nurses associations and state boards of education or their equivalent to support these recommendations, to support the inclusion of information related to HIV transmission in school curricula.
 The American Nurses Association is the only full-service professional organization representing the nation's 2 million registered nurses through its 53 constituent associations. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.
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 /NOTE: To receive a copy of the ANA compendium of positions and policies related to HIV infection/AIDS from 1982 to 1992, call the contact below./
 /CONTACT: Cindy Yeast of the American Nurses Association, 202-789-1404, ext. 207/ CO: American Nurses Association ST: District of Columbia IN: HEA SU:


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