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July 12, 2004

More news on Bush's other war

The one to do everything possible to stop HIV/AIDS prevention. Most recently, the administration is blocking several scientists from attending the International AIDS conference in Bangkok, meaning that a lot of the papers that these scientists wrote had to be retracted. Because it would apparently be a bad thing to share findings in the fight against AIDS?

God, I can't wait until November. Assuming we have an election.

Posted by paulette at July 12, 2004 09:52 AM | TrackBack
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Oh. more on this. Click the link. This is outrageous.
But Ted Green, a member of Bush's council on AIDS, said programs aimed at changing sexual behavior were not obtaining funding. He also questioned the focus on condoms.

"If you are telling me that people can't stop AIDS unless they buy a product. I simply don't agree with that,'' he said.

Posted by: paulette on July 12, 2004 12:18 PM

So what are gays supposed to do, then? Bush has required that one-third of the US funds allotted for HIV prevention support abstinence-until-marriage programmes. But when you're legally barred from marriage, it's hard to know what to do.

Of course, the Bush administration doesn't see this logical problem. The CDC doesn't even recognize gay men as a risk group: the "Populations at Risk" section of the CDC website lists African-Americans, Latinos and healthcare workers, but not gays. Yet, according to inform.org (drawing data from a CDC report that didn't turn up in any Google search -- this statistic was very hard to find!), gay men represent 52% of all reported AIDS cases in the US, despite representing single-digit percentages of the population.

Posted by: david on July 12, 2004 02:20 PM
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