The AIDS epidemic is now in its 18th year; it began, statistically speaking, with the opening of the Reagan era. Among other ways, these eighteen years have been characterized by (a) a sexually transmitted deadly epidemic; b) rampant teenage sexual activity; c) an official "Just Say No" approach to sexuality which discourages frank and informed discussion of sexual issues. The result is a nation with the highest STD, HIV, and unwed pregnancy rates in the developed world.
We've been through an entire generation now of this approach to sex and youth. It hasn't worked. When will a more pragmatic approach, concerned with public health instead of ideological unreachables, come to the fore?
— Sandy Bartlett, Community Information/Education Coordinator AIDS Services of Austin