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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
No Second Term for Surgeon General
Gina Kolata
November 6, 2001
New York Times (11.06.01) - Tuesday, November 6, 2001

US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher has announced he will leave office when his term expires on Feb. 12. Satcher, who was appointed by President Clinton and took office in 1998, has issued more reports than any other surgeon general. Last summer, Satcher released a report on sexuality that supported sex education, saying that there was insufficient research to support claims that teaching abstinence delayed sexual activity among unmarried teenagers. Sexuality "has always been a controversial subject," Satcher said. "Not everybody likes the science, but I tried to report where the science is now," he said. Satcher is a former director of the CDC.

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