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CDC Officials Meet with Stop AIDS Project Representatives in Investigation of Alleged Violations
CDC investigators on Monday met with representatives of the San Francisco Stop AIDS Project to determine whether the group violated federal law by using federal funds to "encourage sexual activity," 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" (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 8/7). The CDC investigators "said little" after the meeting but described Stop AIDS Project representatives as "very responsive." CDC officials were expected to meet yesterday with officials from the San Francisco Department of Public Health to determine whether Stop AIDS Project workshop materials had 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).
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