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Rev. Moon:

--- Quote from: Ann on May 02, 2013, 09:41:17 AM ---Admirable, but do you intend to ignore the straight folks who end up living with hiv? I hope not. One of the reasons this pandemic continues is because of the mistaken belief (or is it wishful thinking?) that hiv only affects GBT populations.


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I agree with you, but at least he's trying.  Of course, words are merely words, actions count.  I see and hear a lot of good intentions from many heads in the gay community but not a whole lot of actual activism.

humbleobserver:

--- Quote from: leatherman on May 02, 2013, 05:19:26 PM ---don't discourage him, Ann.  ;) according to what some people think (and I include myself), the GLBT community seems to hav the mistaken belief that HIV infection doesn't happen anymore or that it's not something to worry about anymore. In America (and many 1st world countries) HIV is still mostly a GLBT problem that hasn't gone away.

"Where the Hell Is Our Community?" by Michael Kaplan
http://www.poz.com/articles/michael_kaplan_2676_23837.shtml
so not true! More research about a cure is happening now more than ever before. Finally enough science has been learned about HIV to make meaningful roads towards a cure. Now that more good meds are on the market, and fewer pozzies are dying like flies without any treatment, money has been able to be shifted from the immediate goal of finding any medication that helps to actually searching for a cure based on the knowledge about ccr5 receptors, resevoirs, the structure of HIV, and all the new stuff learned about retroviruses etc.
Side effects of the newer meds generally happen in less than 10%, and often less than 5%, of the patients taking medications. With many drugs and regimes available, side effects aren't near the problem they are now as they were years ago. (for the record, I'm 51, been on meds for 21 yrs, and because I switched to some newer stuff about 5 yrs ago, I have ZERO side effects)
Another untruth! for nearly 10 yrs, studies have been showing that HIV poz people on successful treatment live out a "normal" life span (try 70s and 80s rather than the 60s LOL). I think you must have misread something. The statistic is by 2015 >50% of those living with HIV will be 50 yrs and older.

Why? Two reasons.
1) Older people are still having sex (http://www.thebody.com/content/art6036.html) and getting infected (gay men are still not protecting themselves enough, so young AND older gay men are constantly becoming infected. see the article I referenced to Ann);
2) because the meds have been so damned good, me and my friends from the 80s and 90s aren't dying and living to be 50, 60, 70 and older.
call, write and email Congress and the President asking them to stop cutting the successful PEPFAR program ;)

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Leatherman I just want to thank you for clearing up my misunderstandings. Also, the < is supposed to be a >, lol. But the clarification was much appreciated. I'm trying to learn the facts but I may run into some potholes on the way. You're a very knowledgeable individual and I thank you for your time and input. In addition, if you don't mind can you please explain what the PEPFAR program is?

humbleobserver:

--- Quote from: Rev. Moon on May 02, 2013, 06:18:17 PM ---
I agree with you, but at least he's trying.  Of course, words are merely words, actions count.  I see and hear a lot of good intentions from many heads in the gay community but not a whole lot of actual activism.

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I'm honestly trying my friend, it's just I first need to find my bearings in the best direction to head towards to get this ball rolling.

Jeff G:
Hi Observer , feel free to share more about what has inspired you to get involved , is there somebody you care about living with HIV or have you lost friends and loved ones . ?

leatherman:

--- Quote from: humbleobserver on May 02, 2013, 09:37:37 PM ---can you please explain what the PEPFAR program is?

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PEPFAR is the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (http://www.pepfar.gov/)

here's the wikipedia description:

--- Quote ---The President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR/Emergency Plan) was a commitment of $15 billion over five years (2003–2008) from United States President George W. Bush to fight the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. The program initially aimed to provide antiretroviral treatment (ART) to 2 million HIV-infected people in resource-limited settings, to prevent 7 million new infections, and to support care for 10 million people (the "2–7–10 goals") by 2010. PEPFAR increased the number of Africans receiving ART from 50,000 at the start of the initiative in 2004 to at least 1.2 million in early 2008.[1][2] PEPFAR has been called the largest health initiative ever initiated by one country to address a disease. The budget presented by President Bush for the fiscal year 2008 included a request for $5.4 billion for PEPFAR.[3]

The massive funding increases have made anti-retrovirals widely available, saving millions of lives.[4][5][6] Critics contend that spending a portion of funding on abstinence-until-marriage programs is unjust[1] while others feel that foreign aid is generally inefficient.[2] According to a 2009 study published in Annals of Internal Medicine,[7] the program had averted about 1.1 million deaths in Africa and reduced the death rate due to AIDS in the countries involved by 10%.[8][9]
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IMHO this was the ONLY worthwhile thing President G W Bush did.

here's why you need to contact the POTUS and Legislators about the program:

--- Quote ---President Obama unveiled his fiscal year 2013 budget proposal to cut $563 million from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program. Cuts of this magnitude could lead to half a million people being denied lifesaving treatment, and countless preventable new infections. Shock and dismay have since given way to frustration; some feel the administration is signaling that an era of U.S. leadership in the global fight against AIDS may be coming to an end.
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http://www.treatmentactiongroup.org/tagline/2012/spring/does-obama%E2%80%99s-2013-budget-herald-end-pepfar

but don't forget that here at home in the USA, there are 31 individuals in 3 states who are on ADAP waiting lists (http://nastad.org/) - meaning although they are physically eligible to be using HIV meds, and they are fiscally eligible to get assistance, there is no help and no meds for these people until those states get new funding or someone already on the program dies and frees up a space.

plus there are plenty of local AIDS service organizations throughout the states - and probably near you - that could use volunteers and/or funding to help in your area. Shoot! since Medicaid is the biggest provider of health care to HIV positive people, you could learn more about how Medicaid expansion will help those with HIV and advocate for that. (as my SC state HIV task force has been doing this year http://schacctf.org)

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