NN: Needles, teens, and, poverty
>> City Funding Reaches Needle-Exchange Programs in Washington, D.C., Kaiser Network (Aug. 26)
Excerpt: “Funding for needle-exchange programs in Washington, D.C., is beginning to reach groups that run the programs eight months after Congress lifted a ban of city funding for needle-exchange programs, but it is unclear how effective the increased funding will be at reducing the spread of HIV in the district, the AP/Washington Times reports (Westley, AP/Washington Times, 8/24).”
>> Teenagers Changing Sexual Behavior, New York Times (Aug. 25)
Excerpt: The percentage of high school students in 2007 who had ever had sexual intercourse declined by 12 percent since 1991, the percentage who had had intercourse with four or more partners declined by 20 percent, and the percentage who were currently sexually active declined by 7 percent. At the same time, condom use increased by 33 percent.
>> HIV/AIDS Advocates in Delaware Call for Federal Funding That Targets Poverty in Fight Against Disease, Kaiser Network (Aug. 20)
Excerpt: Although federal funding to support state organizations in Delaware in the fight against HIV/AIDS is helping to address the disease among blacks — who make up 67% of the state’s HIV-positive population — some advocates say the prevalence of the disease among blacks would be closer to that of whites if more resources were used to target poverty, the Wilmington News Journal reports.
>> HIV/AIDS Advocates in Georgia Discuss Need for Improved Outreach Efforts, Particularly Those for Blacks, Rural Residents, Young People, Kaiser Network (Aug. 19)
Excerpt: HIV/AIDS advocates in Georgia have become concerned that “[o]ld messages geared to urban, white, gay men simply don’t resonate with many” black, rural, women and young people, who now are the “new face” of HIV/AIDS in the state, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. According to the Journal-Constitution, it is becoming more difficult to reach such high-risk groups with prevention, testing and treatment services.