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The medical fraternity throughout the world must welcome
Obama's budget changes sex education funding from
abstinence-only to comprehensive education (1). This
decision will influence the rest of the world about
imparting sex education to this vulnerable population.
The governments from developing countries must take lessons
from US policy on comprehensive sex education to teenagers.
This issue becomes controversial in India where some state
governments reluctant to impart sex education to teenagers
on moral grounds. This issue must take in top priority in
the health agendas of newly elected Indian government and
secure the health of adolescents.
Reference: 1.Janice Hopkins Tanne. Obama’s budget changes
sex education funding from abstinence-only to comprehensive
education BMJ 2009; 338: b2008
The author is convener
of Sexuality specialty
section of Indian
No competing interests
22 May 2009
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India