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Where is the National Strategy on AIDS?

Written by Karen Ocamb for - News, commentary and community for reproductive health and justice.

During the intense health care reform debate President Obama occasionally mentioned HIV infections and AIDS-related illnesses as among those pre-existing conditions that could no longer be used by health insurance companies to automatically exclude consumers from health insurance coverage. Yet the broader scope and crisis of the HIV and AIDS epidemic in America failed to garner much attention.

Some HIV and AIDS activists and healthcare providers, meanwhile, are experiencing that crisis as if it were the early 1980s when the Reagan administration expressed little concern about the early AIDS epidemic even as the death toll mounted.

Since 2007, activists have clamored for a national strategy on AIDS. And now they are pleading for emergency help as the economic downturn forces drastic cuts in the budgets of non-profit AIDS organizations while new HIV infection rates rise and more people need services.

Where is the sense of urgency in the Obama White House to manage the confusion and handle the crisis, they ask? ... Read more

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