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Government has 70 days to deliver promises on sex education and equality

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Queen’s Speech marks just 70 days left of the current Parliament before a general election must be held.

Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of NAT (National AIDS Trust), comments;

“The clock is now ticking for the Government to deliver its commitment to make personal, social and health education compulsory in schools and to see through its equality legislation.

 In the 70 days left the Government must ensure that its commitment to make sex and relationships education, including discussion of HIV and same-sex relationships, a compulsory part of the curriculum is fulfilled.   This will help equip the next generation of young gay men with the facts they need to protect themselves from HIV.

The Equality Bill is also a great opportunity to improve protection for people living with HIV including banning pre-employment health questionnaires that can unfairly impact on people living with HIV finding work.

If the Government works hard to fulfil its promises, in just 70 days it could make a dramatic difference by ensuring a fairer society for people living with HIV and by helping to protect future generations.”

Notes to the editor:

For further information please contact: 
Katherine Sladden
Communications Officer
020 7814 6733

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