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January 18, 2011

Michigan Lawmaker Seeks to End HIV Prevention Funding

Michigan GOP state Representative Dave Agema (R–Grandville) has introduced a bill to eliminate state funding for HIV prevention, testing and care, the Michigan Messenger reports. Agema has proposed eliminating the Michigan health fund initiative (MHFI), a $9 million budget used to fund HIV services in the state as well sexually transmitted infection field support work and research done for the Detroit health department. Agema proposed channeling the MHFI money into the Michigan Aeronautics Fund, a move that he said will help pay for upkeep and expansion projects at state airports, will create jobs and keep fuel taxes down.

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ethanwilson, Nashville, 2011-03-03 20:04:02
What is happening?Why,after all of our success,would someone want to do this?I feel so frustrated.We,especially those who have hiv need to battle against this kind of thinking.We need to keep our hopes up and positive action in motion for a cure.Yes, a cure. Ignore the haters.They cannot win.We will not let them win.People, we can do this, a cure can be found.Regan Hofman is our greatest hero in this battle.If we ban with her,we can cure hiv/aids.

Leon Lee, West Hollywood, CA, 2011-02-08 13:57:08
I'm sure his tune would change if he or one of his loved ones were to contract HIV. it's that simple.

Don Craddock, Sutherlin, Va., 2011-02-03 11:28:44
After reading the story just now about the woman who was imprisoned for spitting on an officer during a traffic dispute but because of her HIV status she was sent to prison why can we not imprison lawmakers like this who want to stop prevention efforts for HIV's spread? Then you have people blaming the financial crisis on medical care of HIV/AIDS and the likes of AIG CEO calling liberals deadbeats after we as a nation of taxpayers bailed them out and have yet to repay the money. Doublespeak!

Nydja Wages, Atlanta, Ga, 2011-02-01 13:28:50
The financial crisis in America is not due to funding for HIV/AIDS care! The financial crisis is not due to Cancer research & treatment!. It is amazing how people like Dave Agema would make such a arrogant, selfish movement to take from a dire dire need and give it to an airline!?. I wonder what would happen if he himself or family member he loves contract the disease, not able to get help because their loved one Dave Agema pushed a dum law and a stupid movement. That is selfish and stupid.

Phillip Ramsey, Panama City, 2011-02-01 12:52:08
Where did this idiot come from. He wants us go back to the 19th century with health and assistance!

Mark, Cleveland, OH, 2011-01-31 22:27:31
Lashawn, you've made your concern for disclosure issues abbundantly clear over time, but this latest statement is particularly strange. Would you care to elaborate on what the isssue of disclosure has to do with this man's desire to channel money for HIV towards other things?

Mark Davies, New York, 2011-01-23 22:28:43
An ex aviation guy willing to steal money from one funded agency to help pay for his pet projects. Calling it short sighted would infer he has any understanding at all. The mood from 'that side of the isle' seems to be 'I can take care of myself- Damn the rest of you'.

Christina Ritter, Lansing, Michigan, 2011-01-22 01:17:34
well if i was in his area i would make it a point to show him how the funds are used.. there are ppl like me that depend on it for transportation and things like that.

Roz, Mount Clemens, 2011-01-21 16:09:22
It seems the regular people always have to foot the bill when budgets need to be balanced. The well-to-do people that screwed things up in the first place keep their unnecessary luxuries and can only think of ways to bleed us dry. Why should they care, no one they think are worthy of knowing are affected by these things... I guess they don't see the need to tighten their belts since it's not their problem. Wish things were different.

Greg H, Davenport, FL, 2011-01-21 12:34:16
Perhaps one of his Republican cohorts will contract HIV in an airport men's room. Tap, tap, tap Larry Craig, tap, tap, tap...

LaShawn Fowler, Canton, 2011-01-20 23:42:49
This sounds hateful! It seems we are being punished for the continued non-diclosure of those afraid to share their diagnosis. True, the funding for prevention hasn't shown much success, but the overall infection rate is not as high as it could be, and that is because of prevention lectures, speakers, and committed individuals living with the virus, who are taking the initiative to educate the community. To discontinue funding wouldn't be adviseable.

Todd, Milwaukee,Wisc., 2011-01-20 18:54:21
Another IDIOT,ignorant republican idea.Hmmm,Go Figure.

Beverly, hampton, 2011-01-20 18:10:17
What has the world become.If he had Hiv and needed care and wasn't a politian he would be furious of this move. Those who cant experience first hand cant really know of the magnitude of their decision on human life. And just to make it clear HIV and AIDS doesnt have a preferrence of who it wants ex. children, women, men, and everyone that has it is a homosexual, or lesbian. Normal everyday people that you see and have children with this disease.

Rowdy Yates, Nashville, 2011-01-20 17:55:59
The Gop hasn't wasted any time have they, soon all GOP states will follow suit. God save us all

Ken Barton, Bowling Green, 2011-01-20 15:30:55
How about the exspence to the state from all the people who will be HIV infected because of the lack of education???

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