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Condoms Trump Abstinence in Obama Global AIDS Policy, Aide Says
By Jason Gale and John LauermanNov. 10 (Bloomberg) -- President-elect Barack
U.S. family planning and
AIDS prevention strategies that have
long linked global
a public-health adviser said.
Public health policies of President George W. Bush's $45- billion PEPFAR program have brought AIDS drugs to almost 3 million people in poor countries such as Rwanda and Uganda, more than under any other president.
Still, requirements that health workers emphasize abstinence from sex and monogamy over condom use have set back sexually transmitted disease prevention and family planning globally,
said Susan F. Wood, co-chairman of Obama's advisory committee for women's health.
``We have been going in the wrong direction and we need to turn it around and be promoting prevention and family-planning services and strengthening public health,'' said Wood, a research professor at George Washington University School of Public Health in Washington.
Bush on his first day in office in January 2001 reinstated the so-called Mexico City Policy --
Obama ``is committed to looking at all this and changing the policies so that
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