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Who’s Positive Calls on Governor Herbert to Veto Abstinence Only Education Bill

Posted Mar 14 2012 2:33pm


For Immediate Release
Contact: Tom Donohue (434) 260-1330

Charlottesville, VA – Who’s Positive calls on Utah Governor Gary Herbert to veto the abstinence only education bill which was passed by the Utah state Senate on Thursday.

Utah bill HB363 would make it illegal for schools and teachers to advocate or teach about contraception.Additionally this bill allows schools to completely opt out of teaching any sexual education leaving a lack of education to today’s youth about sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancy.

“If we want to be the generation which ends sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, we need to educate and offer tools to today’s generation about the risks of sexually transmitted diseases.” Says Founding Director for Who’s Positive, Tom Donohue.

We ask Governor Herbert to consider the futures of today’s youth and become part of the generation who can end AIDS by vetoing HB363. This bill will prevent today’s youth from gaining valuable lessons on how to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases. “Society can’t always depend on parental guidance to teach and educate about sex, we need schools to play a neutral role in providing comprehensive education about sexual activity and allow youth to know where to go for resources. That alone will play a part in ending HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.” says Donohue.

We encourage everyone to support a Who’s Positive initiated petition asking Gov. Herbert to veto this bill. You can sign the petition by going to

About Who’s Positive
Who's Positive is committed to raising the awareness of HIV and its consequences. Our organization foregrounds the reality of living with HIV through the first-hand accounts of those coping with the disease. Who's Positive strives to remind the public that this is a virus with no cure. Through the stories of those living with HIV, Who's Positive hopes to reduce the transmission of HIV among teens and young adults - a population with one of the fastest growing infection rates.

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