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August 05, 2008

SFAF.org IAC Podcast - Successful sex education in Latin America. Can we make it work in the US?

In this episode of the SFAF.org IAC podcast, recorded at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, Erik Ireland speaks with one of the Foundation's allies in the ongoing battle against abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. Bill Smith, Vice President for Public Policy at SIECUS, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, discusses a model for comprehensive sex education in Mexico and provides an update on the evidence that supports comprehensive sex education in the U.S. and the growing number of states that reject federal monies earmarked for abstinence-only programs.

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At SIECUS, Smith is one of the nation's leading advocates on issues related to reproductive and sexual health including sexuality education, teen sexual health, HIV/AIDS, and sexual orientation. Under his guidance, SIECUS has become a powerful force behind federal, state, and local efforts to promote comprehensive education about sexuality and to combat ineffective and potentially harmful approaches such as abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. Smith is one of the founders of the Caucus for Evidence-Based Prevention of which the San Francisco AIDS Foundation is an active member.

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