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Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release October 21, 1993

STATEMENT BY AIDS POLICY COORDINATOR KRISTINE GEBBIE

In a presentation to the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, I re-stated a view that I have shared with many audiences in recent weeks. I believe that effective HIV prevention with adolescents must be developed in a larger context and include a comprehensive health education curriculum which begins early and is age appropriate.

Abstinence is the surest prevention of HIV transmission, and must be communicated as a part of the complete prevention message. The next generation of young people should be prepared to enter an adult sexual life with a better base of attitudes and information than we have provided so far.

I regret that recent press reports have mischaracterized my view.

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