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World AIDS Day 2004: Women, girls, and HIV/AIDS.

On December 1st, World AIDS Day 2004, SIECUS reaffirmed its commitment to raise awareness of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic and to promote the importance of comprehensive, medically accurate sexuality education as the mainstay in HIV-prevention.

With "Real Sex Education is HIV-Prevention" as its slogan, SIECUS targeted more than 75 domestic and international political reporters to highlight the importance of comprehensive sexuality education as an integral part of HIV-prevention. We sent several informational materials, including fact sheets, a press statement, and our "Real Sex Education is HIV-Prevention" buttons.

In response to our work, The Hill, an influential magazine on Capitol Hill, asked SIECUS to submit an op-ed regarding World AIDS Day, which was posted on the "Daily Feature" section of their website.

Today, more than 20 years into the pandemic, women account for nearly half of the 40 million people living with HIV worldwide. In testimony to this situation, women, girls, and HIV/AIDS was the focus of World AIDS Day 2004 programs worldwide.

Comprehensive sexuality education gives young women the facts and skills they need to help them establish more equitable relationships and improve their health and well-being. HIV/AIDS is an unprecedented global crisis that requires bold leadership based on sound science and respect for human rights. Although education alone can not solve the HIV pandemic, other interventions will be meaningless without this basic foundation.
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Title Annotation:Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
Publication:SIECUS Developments
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2005
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