I am happy to see this being discussed in connection with our inadequate health care system and the affect, thereof, on our country’s most vulnerable. The world is too small and the HIV/AIDS epidemic is too great to not address the urgent need for detection, education and treatment here.
Another reason why universal healthcare is essential for nations around the globe: http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-aids-conference-washington-20120710,0,288447.story
“The CDC estimates that only 40% of people in the U.S. infected with HIV are getting continued healthcare. Further, 2,000 people in nine states remain on waiting lists for AIDS Drug Assistance Programs, which provide medication to low-income Americans with HIV/AIDS.
Many proposals for improving prevention and care — such as lifting a federal ban on funds for clean syringes and ending abstinence-only education — remain controversial.”
“Society has turned its attention away from this epidemic. With more HIV in our country than ever before, it is imperative that we raise our country’s consciousness.” Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director of the Aids Institute