The Fine Print Blog

by Bill Piper
Director, National Affairs
Drug Policy Alliance

According to news reports, President-elect Obama is considering nominating Republican Congressman Jim Ramstad (R-MN) to be the next director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) or "drug czar." That would be a mistake.

by Joseph Sonnabend, M.D.,
CHLP Medical Resource Specialist,
and Ashley Burczak,
CHLP Program and Development Associate

All across the country, at AIDS conferences and medical provider “summits,” and from professional organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, we hear the call for dispensing with informed consent in HIV testing to a more doctor-centered approach—“opt-out” testing—which relieves health care providers of the obligation to explain HIV and its consequences before testing patients for it.


by Margo Kaplan
Staff Attorney

Reliance on stigma over fact puts teenagers at greater risk by teaching them that avoiding HIV is not a matter of avoiding risky activities but rather avoiding “risky people.”

by Ashley Burczak
Program and Development Associate, Co-Founder and Former Executive Director of Students Active For Ending Rape (SAFER)

The National Sexuality Resource Center has released a new study on the impact of abstinence-only programs, and their findings point to problems so deep that these programs can actually be considered a human rights violation.

by Derrick Bell
Professor, New York University School of Law

If African Americans constituted their own country, the prevalence of HIV would qualify the country to receive billions from the United States to fight AIDS. However, because they live in the United States, their health care is massively ignored and, as a result, African Americans are disproportionately bearing the brunt of HIV in this country.

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