Bush's AIDS plan criticised for emphasising abstinence and forbidding condoms

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 22 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:192
  1. Robert Walgate
  1. Bangkok

    A field study to be published later this year of George Bush's new AIDS plan known as the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief will say that Africans are calling the plan “unethical” for its refusal to support condom distribution and for imposing other restrictions. The plan was announced in January 2003 and is allocating $15bn (£8bn; €12bn) to fight AIDS over five years.

    The field study, carried out by the Center for Health and Gender Equity, an international reproductive health and rights organisation based in Takoma Park, Maryland, will also claim that the operational strategies in most countries are being set “almost entirely” by US officers without involving those community groups most experienced in AIDS. Local groups are being recruited, but …

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