HHS Funding for Abstinence Education, Education for Teen Pregnancy and HIV/STD Prevention, and Other Programs that Address Adolescent Sexual Activity

12/16/2008

Health and Human Services Funding for Abstinence Education, Education for Teen Pregnancy and HIV/STD Prevention, and Other Programs that Address Adolescent Sexual Activity

December 16, 2008

This report is available on the Internet at:http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/08/AbstinenceEducation/

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Transmittal Letter to Representative Mark Souder

December 16, 2008

The Honorable Mark Souder Senior Member, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative Souder:

In response to your request, I am pleased to send you the report Health and Human Services Funding for Abstinence Education, Education for Teen Pregnancy and HIV/STD Prevention, and Other Programs that Address Adolescent Sexual Activity.

The report presents a detailed breakdown comparing Departmental funding for abstinence education, adhering to the A-H definition, with other Departmental funding used to prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. In FY 2008, the Department estimates that the HHS federal funding levels for programs addressing sexual activity among adolescents was $785.8 million, of which $176.5 was spent for Abstinence Education (as defined by A-H), $300.2 million was spent for Pregnancy/STD/HIV Prevention and Education programs, and $309.1 million was spent for Family Planning services.

I hope you will find this report useful.

Sincerely,

[Signature]

Michael O. Leavitt

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