Tuesday, September 25

More good news for fans of public health

On the heels of last week's news that New York State would stop accepting federal abstinence-only sex education funds comes singer Elton John's announcement that he will donate $300,000 to support HIV/AIDS education in the city's middle schools. The donation will allow the National Urban Technology Center to lead computer-based health classes in 60 middle schools, doubling the number of schools the organization is serving. John's donation comes at a time when HIV infection rates are rising, especially among minorities and the poor, and the time schools spend on health and sex education is falling. It's just too bad that kids in only 60 middle schools will get to benefit from improved AIDS education.

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