CDC Officials Meet with Stop AIDS Project Representatives in Investigation of Alleged Violations
CDC investigators yesterday met with representatives of the San Francisco Stop AIDS Project to determine whether the group used federal funds to "encourage sexual activity," a violation of federal law, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The Stop AIDS Project, which received $686,000 in federal funds in 2000, has sponsored workshops titled "Great Sex" and "Sex Toys for Leather Boys" (Heredia, San Francisco Chronicle, 8/13). Under regulations revised in 1992, groups cannot use CDC funds to support "education or information designed to promote or encourage, directly, homosexual or heterosexual sexual activity or intravenous substance abuse" (California Healthline, 8/7). The CDC investigators "said little" after the meeting but described Stop AIDS Project representatives as "very responsive." CDC officials today expect to meet with officials from the San Francisco Department of Public Health to determine whether Stop AIDS Project workshop materials received approval from a local review panel. Steven Tierney, head of HIV prevention at the city public health department, predicted that the Stop AIDS Project workshops will "pass muster, despite their graphic content" (San Francisco Chronicle, 8/13).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.