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Artists urge US Congress to fix PEPFAR.

39 celebrity activists and Artists for a New South Africa issued a letter to members of Congress, urging them to improve the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). PEPFAR currently restricts 1/3 of US global HIV prevention funds to abstinence-until-marriage programmes that are proven ineffective and fail to address the specific risk factors unique to women and girls.

"Already 20 million members of our human family have died of AIDS," the artists stated. "By empowering the most vulnerable populations with scientifically-based prevention methods, millions of lives can be saved."

The Protection Against Transmission of HIV for Women and Youth (PATHWAY) Act in the House and the Senate's HIV Prevention Act would strike the abstinence-until-marriage spending requirement on PEPFAR. Additionally, the PATHWAY Act, introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, requires the President to develop a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy to address the vulnerabilities of women and girls.

Source: Artists for a New South Africa and CHANGE
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Title Annotation:NEWS CLIPPINGS; President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Artists for a New South Africa
Publication:Sister Namibia
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:6SOUT
Date:Dec 1, 2007
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