HIV Epidemic in Mississippi - Another argument for health care reform

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  1. B_VinylBoy

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    Many conservatives are against the idea of federally funded health care or even the teaching of responsible, sex education in schools. So what happens when a story like this emerges and illustrates just how harmful these choices are?

    Thousands of Mississippians are at risk for HIV, and many who are infected are denied lifesaving measures and treatment because of counterproductive state laws and policies, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Mississippi has resisted effective approaches to HIV prevention and treatment and instead supported policies that promote stigma and discrimination, fueling one of the nation's highest AIDS rates, Human Rights Watch said. The 59-page report, "Rights at Risk: State Response to HIV in Mississippi," documents the harmful impact of Mississippi's policies on state residents, including people living with HIV and those at high risk of contracting it. Mississippi refuses to provide complete, accurate information about HIV prevention to students and threatens criminal penalties for failing to disclose one's HIV status to sexual partners. At the same time, Mississippi provides little or no funding for HIV prevention, housing, transportation, or prescription drug programs for people living with HIV, and the state fails to take full advantage of federal subsidies to bolster these programs. In Mississippi, half of people testing positive for the virus are not receiving treatment, a rate comparable to that in Botswana, Ethiopia, and Rwanda. - US: Mississippi Policies Fuel HIV Epidemic | Human Rights Watch

    So what should we do here?
     
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    FWIW, the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC), despite a paucity of funds and the tendency of southern states to be in utter denial about the multitude of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), has a network of excellent people on the ground throughout the region. I met their delegation at an AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) conference in FtL and was extremely impressed with the caliber of character as well as the optimism and energy I encountered with them.

    Anyone looking to donate time, goods or cash to this terrible dilemma should really start with them.
     
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