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There's No Harm in Sexual Health

Written By: Kelly Castagnaro
March 23, 2009


This afternoon, I read a great blog by Amanda Allen on RepoRepro about what the reproductive justice movement can learn from the principles of harm reduction.   


The harm reduction model, which values individual safety and well-being over prosecuting illegal behavior, has formed the basis for successful street-based needle exchange programs in more than 100 U.S. cities.  While needle exchange programs receive no federal funding, city and state governments have supported these programs through HIV prevention funding. 


If, as Allen suggests, issues like comprehensive sexuality education and sex work could be successfully framed by harm reduction principles, would city and state governments, especially the states rightfully refusing federal abstinence-only funding, pony up for safe sex vans outside high schools?


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