Chris Collins


¿Debemos enseñar “solo-abstinencia” en la educación sexual?

¿por qué tanto alboroto?

Las escuelas se han convertido en el campo de batalla cultural de la nación. En la lucha por conquistar el corazón, mente — y líbidos — de nuestra juventud, la última contienda incluye la educación sexual. La pregunta no radica en que si la escuela es el lugar apropiado para enseñar educación sexual (en esto todos estamos de acuerdo),1 más bien es, como abordar el tema.


Should we teach only abstinence in sexuality education?

Why all the fuss?

Schools have become a battleground in the nation’s culture wars. In the fight over the hearts, minds-and libidos-of our nation’s teenagers, the latest skirmish involves sex education. The question is not whether education about sexuality belongs in the schools (there is well nigh universal accord on this score),1 but rather, how to approach the topic. “Just say no” is the answer, at least according to a growing number of champions of “abstinence only” curricula.


¿Puede una vacuna contra el VIH lograr cambios significativos?

¿por qué necesitamos una vacuna?

Las vacunas son una de las herramientas más poderosas y costo-efectivas que tenemos para evitar las enfermedades. Una vacuna que impidiera la infección por VIH o que detuviera la progresión de la enfermedad ayudaría considerablemente en la lucha contra la pandemia del SIDA. Una pregunta crucial es si una vacuna basada en una determinada cepa del VIH sería eficaz para poblaciones en las cuales predomina otra cepa.

HIV vaccine

Can an HIV Vaccine make a Difference?

why do we need an HIV vaccine?

Vaccines are among the most powerful and cost-effective disease prevention tools available. A vaccine that could prevent HIV infection or stop progression of the disease would greatly help in the fight against the AIDS pandemic.

Sustaining Support for Domestic HIV Vaccine Research

By the time Kevin Shancady walked into the Denver Department of Public Health to enroll in an HIV vaccine trial, he'd managed to put most of his fears behind him: fears of a government hostile to gay men, fears that researchers might inject volunteers with a dangerous vaccine. "So many people have died," he said, "and I feel an obligation to advance prevention research. I'm willing to take some risk.

Dangerous Inhibitions: How America Is Letting AIDS Become an Epidemic of the Young

This monograph was produced as part of the Marketing HIV Prevention project, a collaborative project between the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California, San Francisco (Thomas J. Coates, , Director) and the Harvard AIDS Institute (Richard Marlink, MD, Executive Director). We would like to thank SmithKline Beecham Consumer Health Care, makers of OraSure, for its unrestricted grant in support of the Marketing HIV Prevention project.

Do As I Say…Should We Teach Only Abstinence in Sex Education?

Politics rather than scientific evidence is driving the debate over abstinence-only vs. comprehensive sexuality education programs. It is an approach to making policy that may satisfy the needs of some adults, but does nothing to address the crucial needs of young people. In health promotion, as in medical care, the informed practitioner usually chooses a proven effective strategy over one for which there is no indication of effectiveness. Anything else is malpractice.

Paving the Road to an HIV Vaccine: Employing Tools of Public Policy to Overcome Scientific, Economic, Social and Ethical Obstacles

In June 1996, the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies published the second occasional paper in this monograph series, entitled Sustaining Support for Domestic HIV Vaccine Research: Social Issues Over the Long Haul of Human Trials. Authored by Chris Collins, the research was supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health and the University of California, San Francisco. This new report is intended to function as an update to the 1996 monograph.

Designing Primary Prevention for People Living with HIV

This monograph is based largely on presentations and discussion at the June, 1999 policy forum Primary HIV Prevention: Designing Effective Programs for People Living with HIV. The Forum was hosted by the AIDS Research Institute at UCSF and the National Association of People with AIDS. The Forum was sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).