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Author Topic: NIH funding may be cut for AIDS/HIV  (Read 1146 times)

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NIH funding may be cut for AIDS/HIV
« on: November 20, 2015, 03:25:02 pm »
From Science Magazine:
Since the early 1990s, Congress and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have agreed to dedicate roughly 10% of the NIH budget to fighting HIV/AIDS. Now, however, that special arrangement is under fire. Health policy experts, lawmakers, and even NIH officials have wondered why, 2 decades after AIDS death rates began dropping dramatically in the United States, the disease still gets a lion's share of NIH resources, or $3 billion this year. As questions have arisen about how HIV/AIDS research funds are spent, NIH has also resolved to refocus AIDS money on ending the epidemic. Some voice a broader critique: that NIH's spending on a disease often doesn't align with how much suffering it causes. They note that diseases imposing a relatively small burden on U.S. society, such as AIDS, can get a larger share of NIH funding than those that cause greater harm, such as heart disease. Recently, while responding to pointed questions from a member of Congress about the issue, NIH Director Francis Collins said the agency is ready to abandon the 10% set-aside. And next month officials are expected to release an agency-wide strategic plan that they say will address how disease burden should influence the allocation of research dollars.

Time for all of us to speak up and tell them that despite effective cART at controlling our virus we are still suffering from the side effects of that treatment.
2016 CD4 25% UD (less than 20). 30+ years positive. Dolutegravir, Acyclovir, Clonazepam, Lisinopril, Quetiapine, Sumatriptan/Naproxen, Restasis, Latanoprost, Asprin, Levothyroxine, Restasis, Triamcinolone.

 


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