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Let’s keep in mind folks whose been funding Derek the Abstinence Clown for the last three years…. The Democrats! Most notoriously, David Obey the House Appropriations Chair…. Speaker Pelosi has yet to reign him in despite her commitment at the Netroots conference in August that abstinence-only programs hurt young people and all she needed was more Dems to be returned to the House in the ’08 election. Well, we the voters have spoken, now its time for Speaker Pelosi to follow through and end funding for these programs that …

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Two stories in the news today highlight why the U.S. is so screwed up when it comes to sex and prevention:

Reuters reports that the CDC has announced that the STD crisis in the U.S. has hit record levels with syphilis and Chlamydia leading the way and gonorrhea remaining at alarming levels. Almost 19 million new STD infections occur each year with nearly half among young people age 15-24.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Morning News reports that the Dallas County Commissioners narrowly approved the distribution of free condoms but limited …

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Bad news on the international AIDS front…

The Obama transition team has asked Ambassador Mark Dybul to remain in place as Global AIDS Coordinator, flying in the face of opposition by many HIV prevention, youth rights, and reproductive rights groups, 50 of whom recently signed a letter calling for a change in leadership. Ambassador Dybul helped enforce the exportation of abstinence-only programs denying millions of young people around the globe access to information about condoms. As if that isn’t bad enough, he has also been an opponent of integrating …

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The Washington Post has a story that is sure to send chills down the spines of parents around the country and feed the public panic about social networking sites.The study shows that 54% of teen social networking profiles contain information on risky behaviors about sex, substance abuse, and violence. The study highlights the risk posed to future careers by displaying this information publicly with the researchers expressing their surprise that teens are so open about behaviors that adults struggle to get them to talk about.

Hmmmmm. What’s at play …

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A just released scientific study, featured in the Washington Post, shows that virginity pledges have no impact on teen sexual behavior – -with over 80% of young people participating in these programs later ignoring their pledge. Worse, virginity pledgers are significantly less likely to use condoms and birth control when they do become sexually active.

So, the question is why do key Democrats, like Nancy Pelosi and David Obey, continue to fund these failed programs? President-elect Obama supports comprehensive sex education – – so will the Democrats in …

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A December 9th Bloomberg news story spotlights adolescents as the biggest users of hospital emergency rooms for routine health acre. What’s Up?

“Even when services are accessible, many adolescents may not find them acceptable because of concerns that confidentiality is not fully ensured, especially in such sensitive domains as substance use or sexual and reproductive health,” according to the report.

Over 70% of school-based health centers are prohibited by law from dispensing contraception—just one indicator of the barriers young people face when seeking confidential care. So, the price we …