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Advocates for Youth Responds to Latest Doctor Fix Bill

Statement by Debra Hauser, President of Advocates for Youth

We are terribly disappointed with the current Doc Fix bill, designed to address Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (known as SGR). While the current bill does contain an extension of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), which provides funding for critical programs that address issues of unintended teen pregnancy and sexuality transmitted infections, overall the bill goes too far in trading away the health and well being of young people for political expediency. 


By including abortion care restrictions and extending the Hyde Amendment; outrageously increasing funding for ineffective and misguided abstinence-only-until-marriage programs by $25 million a year; and falling short with only a two-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, this bill fails to meet its intended goal to advance health and justice priorities. When Congress singles out children and young people, especially those most in need of assistance by denying them health care and lifesaving information about condoms and contraception, we strip them of the opportunity to take personal responsibility for their health as they grow into adulthood. The unrelenting attack on young people’s right to sexual health information and services must end. We must begin to recognize young people’s right to lead healthy lives.

 
Testing Makes Us Stronger

Advocates for Youth is proud to lead the Testing Makes Us Stronger (TMUS) campaign. Approximately 1 in 4 new HIV infections is among youth ages 13-24. Of that number, same-gender loving black men ages 13-24 represent approximately sixty-percent of the HIV epidemic among youth. Every day, hundreds of young, same-gender loving Black men are faced with a myriad of different life experiences that impact their overall health and wellness.

Please join Advocates for Youth as we support young Black, same-gender loving black men in their efforts to leading healthy lives. For more information about Testing Makes Us Stronger campaign and please visit:www.advocatesforyouth.org/stronger.  


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The adaptation of Testing Makes Us Stronger (TMUS) is one part of a five-year cooperative agreement between Advocates for Youth and the Centers for Disease Control Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH). The project aims to implement supportive, school-centered HIV/STD prevention programs and school-based HIV/STD prevention related policies to reduce HIV and other STD risk and disparities among black and Latino YMSM ages 13-19. This work is done in partnership with local education agencies in three cities (Broward County, Florida; Los Angeles, California; and San Francisco, California) who will work in collaboration with community-based organizations to implement multiple program activities to meet the HIV and STD prevention needs of black and Latino young men who have sex with men.

 

 
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