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Take Action on World AIDS Day

Posted by libhom Monday, December 01, 2008

World AIDS Day isn't supposed to be a schmaltzy acknowledgment that AIDS is still around. It was originally intended to be a call to political action. People are still dying, at home and abroad. "Abstinence only" scams are still being funded in the US and Africa, despite the fact that they are succeeding in the real agenda: promoting the spread of HIV. That money should be going to genuine HIV prevention programs. Drug companies have way too much influence over AIDS research, and there needs to be a focus on the cure.

In the meantime, here are some actions you can take to fight AIDS.

Support AMFAR's call for a national AIDS strategy.

Join Housing Works in opposing anti-needle exchange Rep. Jim Ramstad as "Drug Czar."


 

2 comments

  1. pia Says:
  2. I generally try to avoid the blogosphere on World AIDS Day as I'm tired of being told to be nice to Gay people by people who have no frigging idea what it's like to have no idea what a best friend is sick with a disease that had no name, and then have 10 more good friends die and many ancillary friends, and am tired of singing that song

    AIDS toughened me. I went from being a prototype JAP who couldn't visit somebody in the hospital to being a medical social worker in hospital and hospice settings. I'm not proud that it took AIDS to change me

    It was and is a needless epidemic--and I'll stop here, but blogosphere posts always make me feel as if I should wave to Gays in zoos or need to be instructed in how wonderful Gay men are

    I lived in Manhattan in the 80's. Oh I could write a book on this alone

     
  3. Lew Scannon Says:
  4. The problem with living in a Greed Based Society such as ours is that Big Pharma will never seek a cure for AIDS/HIV, rather merely seek out treatments for the symptoms. Treatments can last a lifetime, which means a steady stream of revenue into the pockets of executives and stockholders. A cure is a one time payment that will only enrich them for a short period of time.

     

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