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Louisiana: Baton Rouge Leads U.S. in AIDS Cases

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buginme2:
There is so much wrong with this. 

Don't they have public health there?  54% of those with HIV have AIDS?  Thats a government failure. 

Also, the article states they reduced ADAP waiting list by eliminating those who didnt qualify.  What does that mean exactly?  How did they not qualify?  Is it because they havent reached an AIDS diagnosos yet?  Do these people have access to meds??????

Disturbing

leatherman:

--- Quote from: buginme2 on October 29, 2012, 03:17:18 PM ---Do these people have access to meds??????

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Ah! and there's the great mystery to the ADAP waiting lists that have been all over the country for numerous years. Many of those on the waiting list often, thankfully, do have access via the charity of an ASO or other organizations. What they don't have is quick access or guaranteed access. The people on the waiting list often have to struggle month-to-month jumping through hoops making sure that someone is funding their meds. Not to mention the extreme worry and stress that they incur during those months waiting for more government funding to come through (The President's extra funding in April didn't all come through the pipeline until Sept,) or for someone to become disabled and move onto Medicaid, or sadly enough for someone else to die to free up a spot in ADAP.

mecch:
Speaking of, Hellraiser has been pretty quiet lately....

You there and ok?

Miss Philicia:
I'm not sure I get this -- they say ~18,502 in the entire state. What's the amount in Baton Rouge (a city)? We have 28,973 in Philadelphia (2010 figures). Just to emphasis that it's the rate of the increase, not raw numbers. It's more like such places are catching up to what's been present in other parts of the US over several decades, though not to minimize the crisis.

A lot of people here present with AIDS upon diagnosis and it's not for lack of public health services, of which there are many and well funded. In fact, I can even summon up a map by zip code showing the worst areas, and it's minority groups that are resistant to regular testing.

jkinatl2:

--- Quote from: Miss Philicia on October 29, 2012, 10:19:08 PM ---I'm not sure I get this -- they say ~18,502 in the entire state. What's the amount in Baton Rouge (a city)? We have 28,973 in Philadelphia (2010 figures). Just to emphasis that it's the rate of the increase, not raw numbers. It's more like such places are catching up to what's been present in other parts of the US over several decades, though not to minimize the crisis.

A lot of people here present with AIDS upon diagnosis and it's not for lack of public health services, of which there are many and well funded. In fact, I can even summon up a map by zip code showing the worst areas, and it's minority groups that are resistant to regular testing.

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Which would beg the question of institutionalized racism, the church's hold over popular opinion and behavior (especially and ironically the traditional black churches) as well as sanctioned homophobia. The issue of HIV demographics insists on the inclusion of these as well as other hot-button issues. Many people, both in the public eye and out, are very reluctant to address these issues at depth, obviously to the detriment of prevention, testing and treatment.

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