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Sexuality information and education council of the U.S. applauds updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy: strategy recognizes sexuality education as a critical component of HIV prevention.

Washington, DC -- This year, the White House released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020 (NHAS 2020). Building upon President Obama's 2010 National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the first-ever in U.S. history, the updated Strategy emphasizes the importance of sexuality education for young people and "across generations" as well as the role that parents, communities, and schools play in providing sexual health information and tools within "safe, inclusive, and destigmatizing" environments.

SIECUS is grateful to President Obama and his administration, particularly those in the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), for their leadership in advancing sexuality education as a critical component of HIV prevention within the updated Strategy.

Their continued commitment to expanding science-based and inclusive sexuality education as an integral part of HIV prevention is encouraging, and we will continue to work with the administration to achieve this goal.

Additionally, the Strategy recommends the scale up of effective structural interventions and highlights that comprehensive sexuality education for school-aged youth "has not been brought to scale across the country." Unfortunately, while there is currently no federal program specifically supporting comprehensive sexuality education programs, even the effective and evidence-based programs to promote the sexual health of adolescents are under threat of elimination, in the case of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), or are operating under limited and stagnant resources, as in the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH).

This new strategy provides a critical framework to address HIV in the U.S., but it cannot be implemented without Congress providing resources for what we know works to prevent HIV and secure the health and well-being of our nation's youth. SIECUS thanks ONAP for their leadership throughout community discussions, online engagement, and expert meetings, and we look forward to remaining engaged with ONAP, the administration, key offices within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and HIV prevention and sex education partners across the country to ensure that school-aged youth receive comprehensive sexuality education to effectively stem the tide of new infections among young people.

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Date:Jun 22, 2015
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