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WHat can we do to help Dr.Bob?
Oct 24, 2006

Bob, Pease read <a href="http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1825470,000600030005.htm?headline=Gujarat~orphanage~expels~two~HIV+~boys">this link</a> from a local paper in my country(India).

What can we do to help? There has been so much done to educate people about what can and cannot cause HIV, yet we hear cases about instances loke this almost everyday...It is so sad. -Tony.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

We who are lucky enough to live in rich countries have benefited from the truly remarkable scientific advances in HIV/AIDS care, including the over 20 drugs to treat HIV/AIDS. These therapies have been life extending for those of us who have access to them. We also possess the knowledge of how to prevent HIV transmission. Unfortunately resource-poor countries do not have this knowledge or access to the life-sustaining new therapies. And it is those who are most vulnerable who suffer the most the children.

Never before have so many children been orphaned or abandoned as a result of a single disease. There are 15 million children worldwide who have lost one or both parents to AIDS. Every day that number increases by a staggering 6,100 kids! The human tragedy is unprecedented in recorded history! Among the millions of AIDS orphans are many children who are themselves HIV positive. Treatment of HIV-exposed or infected kids in resource-poor countries lags well behind rich countries where virtually all HIV-positive kids have access to HIV medications.

Facts:

1. 30% of children under the age of 15 will become orphans by 2010 in 11 African countries.

2. Less than 5% of over 2 million orphans who require treatment for HIV/AIDS actually receive it.

3. Less than 10% of HIV-infected pregnant women receive life-saving antiretroviral drugs that could prevent transmission of HIV to their unborn children.

Despite these nearly incomprehensible statistics, my government has chosen to spend a half trillion dollars waging a disastrous war that has accomplished nothing other than to destabilize the Middle East and promote international terrorism. It's difficult not to become disillusioned with these misguided priorities and their catastrophic consequences.

Private foundations, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Bill Clinton Foundation, Elton John Foundation and even much smaller organizations, such as The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation (www.concertedeffort.org), are working diligently to make a difference in the lives of orphans and vulnerable children by providing health care, education, shelter and food. Working together our "concerted efforts" will give hope to orphans and vulnerable children who, like all kids, just want and need to be embraced and loved and to have the promise of a secure future.

What can you do to help! Join the battle against AIDS in whatever capacity you can volunteer, donate, vote!

Here in the U.S., midterm elections are just around the corner. It's time to "throw the bums out!" Vote Democrat. Vote change. Vote real moral values.

Dr. Bob



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