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NCSD Federal Policy Update - May 18, 2012

On May 16, during the public comment period of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), NCSD's policy lead, Stephanie Arnold Pang, delivered public comments on behalf of NCSD.

The remarks highlighted two key issues: 1) the emergence of drug resistant Gonorrhea, its potential implications for HIV acquisition, and the need for additional resources for CDC's Division of STD Prevention; and 2) concern over the cut to DASH's FY13 funding and the need for additional resources to DASH going forward. A full version of the remarks can be found here.

In addition, at this week's PACHA meeting, the Council passed a resolution calling for comprehensive sexual education. The resolution states that no federal funds should go to programs that, among other things, "withhold life-saving information about HIV; are medically inaccurate; ...promote gender stereotypes; are insensitive and unresponsive to the needs of sexually active adolescents; are insensitive and unresponsive to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender youth." The full resolution can be found here.

If you have any questions, please read out to NCSD's Manager, Policy and Communications, Stephanie Arnold Pang at 202-715-3865 or

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