February 14, 2011
House Republicans Propose Cuts to HIV/AIDS Programs
Republicans in the House of Representatives have proposed slashing funding to HIV/AIDS programs both at home and abroad, according to a statement from The AIDS Institute. Among other reductions, the Republican plan would cut research funding for the National Institutes of Health by $1.6 billion, reduce HIV-related humanitarian contributions to poorer countries by $500 million, and strip $25 million from state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. The AIDS Institute argues that these cuts generate a long-term increase in medical costs that exceeds any short-term budgetary gain.
To read the AIDS Institute statement, click here.
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miss yummy, fort lauderdale, 2011-03-21 19:57:10
Hello,just wanted too soy we can blame the officials all we want but,truthfully what are we doing? I attend my doctor regularly and I can count the amount of patients filling out the survey form.We have too help our selves in order too be helped,so I would say as we sit down waiting...let's act on it also...let's attend the planning council meetings
Cranny, Oneonta, 2011-03-10 20:40:14
What is wrong with our politicians? What don't they realize? Cutting back on vital HIV/AIDS Programs will definitely hurt our progress in curtailing this dreaded disease. More and more research is needed and with the development for cures and now they are going to cut funding!! Instead of taking away the funding, lets use the 41 billion dollars that our gov't gives the oil companys for reaearch, let them use their profits from the oil companies to work on their own research. Don't you agree.
Bobby, Cleveland, OH, 2011-02-26 17:28:33
Yikes and Dawn...Agreed. I don't even understand how its politically feasible that nearly 10k people are languishing on ADAP wait lists while we donate money and drugs to other countries. Dan and Ted...Your sanctimony is an indication of how this site and its sister message board become more toxic by the day. Get over yourselves.
Yikes, Houston, 2011-02-21 13:57:33
It's unfortunate that the US Government's mismanagement of funds has to affect programs with life or death sentenecs. Who was it that said "Nobody should have to die waiting on health care"?Perhaps the US should consider shoring up all it's own health care needs before contributing to the world in general. The money spent on PEPFAR by "W" alone would probably solve our problems here for years.
Dawn, poinciana, 2011-02-19 10:58:48
what i would like to know is how we can spend billions of dollars on wars. when people at home are dieing of hiv/aids because there is no money to help us. does the goverment just want us to fall off the face of the earth like we are nothing.they do not think that we have paid our taxes just like everone else but when we need help it is like we are not even here.and those of use that can no longer work are told sorry we can not help you. find a job.we have to be dead before they help us anymore
Dan, Philadelphia, PA, 2011-02-18 10:41:28
Ted from Columbus...be careful! At 22 years old, I made love and became infected. We didn't have too much info regarding prevention. However, it's time for gay men to halt their epidemic. This notion of returning to our wild 70s sex rages is back. I don't understand how gay men are testing poz in 2011. Stop the crystal meth. Stop the "E." And start a self-worth talk therapy. I'm 26 years poz, working everyday with NO insurance. I need my meds right now. But, gay "boys", it's time to be men.
Ted, Columbus, 2011-02-18 09:11:20
Maybe sexually promiscuous HIV/AIDS persons ought to get their moral house in order. I, as a HIV/AIDS patient have been celibate for many years. What you sow is what you reap. For me, I have been rewarded for not being sexually active with anyone -My life with HIV/AIDS has gotten better since I thought about loving my neighbor enough, to not infect them. The cost drops when people do the right thing. Sexual whores have been raping the tax payer, now the gig is up; they're crying. No sorrow 4 U.
Isaac Crowe, Paducah, 2011-02-17 11:20:01
Republicans are wanting to cut HIV funding and research programs. do they want to see more people get infected?what about they're family members? one of them could be HIV pos.and just don't know it.Why not just drop a bomb on the world that would be much quicker.Think about it.
allen murray, Flint Mi, 2011-02-16 21:06:18
Please please WAKE UP People can you not see what is happening here. This is happening because we are allowing it to. Do you seriously think this would be going on if every hiv posiative person stood up and said hell no you arent. No it wouldnt. The only way this is gonna stop is if we make it stop get up off your lazy ass and do something organize a protest call your elected officiala abd let them know your outrage be vocal Silence=death still applies and its 2011 how sad
Richard, dallas, 2011-02-16 01:13:57
I think hat we should do, is every person that is on HIV meds go the emergency room everyday to get thier meds! Every person on meds go everyday and over load the emergency room system all over the counrty so they see the cost when all of these people get sick!! They are looking for a short term fix to the buget lets make sure this is not a short term fix. Because we know it's for sure not the long term fix! With the new members the house it may take us standing up and fighting!!!
frak, Realityville, 2011-02-15 23:15:43
We have a very expensive condition and we are a tiny minority. It's easy to drop us. Besides, why should healthy taxpayers be responsible for our health care? They have their own problems. It's a sad situation, but there's only so much money to go around.
Sheldon, Reno, NV, 2011-02-15 21:39:50
s there any way to write/start a National Referedum to recall foreign aid especially to dictators, recall funding for the useless wars (for oil), and to cut the salaries of the congress? The Repugnicans are for big businesses, the rich, and say they want the government to stay out of our lives, yet they want to cut our support and social service. I do not see them cutting their own grossly inflated salaries to help save money. Cutting social programs will put even people more out of work.
Karen Bates, Columbia, SC, 2011-02-15 18:03:25
Cutting funding for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) will cost billions in increased costs for hospitalizations and lost-productivity. We need Congress to invest MORE money in this vital program, not less. Cutting funding for a program that actually WORKS is very short-sighted. This will also increase the burden on cash-strapped hospitals, particularly in rural areas. Congress should follow Obama's lead and make budget cuts with a scalpel, rather than with an ax.
ken shropshire, nashville,tn, 2011-02-15 17:20:08
This action does not surprise me from the Republican party , the party of hate, bigotry, prejudice and exclusion. We must all get behind efforts to defeat these politicians who are in the pockets of the insurance, drug and hospital management companies."Gay Republican" is an oxymoron, with emphasis on "MORON"
Edward, ATLANTA, 2011-02-15 15:50:12
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Yes, they DO expect us to die, the sooner the better. It is very clear that the GOP and teabaggers want anyone without insurance or anyone with an disease they don't approve of to just die, quickly, and hopefully out of sight.
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