Higher rate of new HIV cases cites Julie Davids, the director of a community activist organization in New York City:
Davids and other advocates said the United States - led by the next president - needs to increase the prevention strategies that are known to work, such as needle-exchange programs; to reverse policies that advocates argue are counterproductive, such as government-sponsored programs urging abstinence until marriage or bans on distributing condoms in prisons; and to broaden the definition of prevention to include tackling social issues contributing to the spread of HIV.(My bold added)
I added that second bolding because I would have thought that the social problem that needs to be addressed is pre-marital and extra-marital sexual behavior.
Remember back in March when the story on teen STD rates came out and the New York Times got in this false statement:
The president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Cecile Richards, said the new findings “emphasize the need for real comprehensive sex education.”See the great write-up by Get Religion's Terry Mattingly here.
“The national policy of promoting abstinence-only programs is a $1.5 billion failure,” Ms. Richards said, “and teenage girls are paying the real price.”(my bold added)
Then in July, when the Pennsylvania school district has such a high number of students with sexually transmitted diseases, and the news story included this:
Dr. Joseph Rahimian, an infectious disease specialist at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City, said besides education, parents need to be aware of Gardasil, a cervical cancer vaccine that protects against four types of HPV.See the great write-ups on this by Mollie Z at Get Religion and LeStourgeon OnLine.
"Regardless if you think your child is sexually active, getting the HPV vaccine is in the best long-term interest of these young girls," Rahimian said. "I think HPV was always a problem and it is often underestimated. There's no study that abstinence is a highly effective form of prevention for any of these infections."(my bold added)
This is a pattern of misinformation.