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  1. JohnInManhattan says

    So Bush and Obama will be marking the 20th Anniversary of World AIDS Day by participating in an event at anti-gay bigot Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church.

    Will the madness ever end?

  2. Daniel says

    a global peace commission is giving Bush a medal for international peace? that just soured my day. WTF is that bullshit!?

    anyone else notice how many times Madonna used the “I” pronoun in that interview excerpt? Isn’t the focus supposed to be on Malawi or World Aids day or something?

  3. Daniel says

    a global peace commission is giving Bush a medal for international peace? that just soured my day. WTF is that bullshit!?

    anyone else notice how many times Madonna used the “I” pronoun in that interview excerpt? Isn’t the focus supposed to be on Malawi or World Aids day or something?

  4. peterparker says

    I want to vomit every time Bush is lauded for PEPFAR, his plan to commit billions of dollars to fight HIV/AIDS.

    Originally, PEPFAR included a mandate that one-third of the money allotted for prevention efforts had to be spent on abstinence-only education. Leading public health advocates estimate that such abstinence based policies mean that for every 2 African citizens who are treated for HIV/AIDS with PEPFAR money, another 5 people will be newly infected because they either were not offered condoms and/or did not get complete information of how to prevent HIV/AIDS. In other words, more African citizens were put at risk of HIV/AIDS due to the influence of the Christian Reich on what should have been a purely public health policy.

    Also in its original incarnation, PEPFAR included a “conscience clause” that allowed any organization receiving PEPFAR funds to pick and choose the prevention and treatment strategies they preferred. This meant millions of African citizens have been denied not only condoms and information that condoms help reduce the spread of HIV, but also that these organizations could turn people away from treatment if they believed the person had contracted HIV through behavior the organization deemed ‘immoral’. In other words, GLBT Africans, prostitutes or people who may have been unfaithful in their relationships could be denied treatment with U.S. taxpayer funded PEPFAR money based on bigotry rooted in Christian theology.

    Groups receiving PEPFAR money are required to pledge their opposition to prostitution prior to receiving funds. This policy further marginalizes sex workers and means that people who might have been helped by prevention outreach and/or treatment will be less likely to seek assistance. And this also impacts the customers of sex workers and the families/partners of these customers, resulting in more HIV infections due to religious/moral bigotry.

    In 2008, the Hyde/Lantos bill reauthorized PEPFAR and lifted the requirement that one-third of the prevention budget be spent on abstinence-only programs. Unfortunately, this was replaced by a reporting requirement mandating that the Office of Global AIDS Coordinator submit a report to Congress if a country with a generalized HIV/AIDS epidemic spends less than 50 percent of their prevention funding on programs emphasizing abstinence/faithfulness. Hardly a step forward if you ask me.

    Here at home, Bush still shamefully refuses to do anything to lift the immigration restrictions on people who are HIV positive.

  5. Contrarian says

    The local news had a spokesperson for, I believe, GMHC stating that HIV infection is skyrocketing among young men, most engaged in gay sex. Part of it is the immortality syndrome of the young, but I fear the Internet itself is playing a deadly role.

    There is now, on viewing offer, more priapic phallus entering more bodily orifices than any devotee of the phallic cults of antiquity could have ever dreamed of. Young people seem to think that acting out porn fantasies, often unsafely, is a required act of passage for a young man into gay-sex. It’s heartbreaking, particularly for those of us old enough to remember the 80’s and the plague years all too well.

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