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What Were 2011's Biggest Setbacks? What Are Your Hopes for 2012?

December 1, 2011


Marguerite Thorp

Marguerite Thorp, Student Global AIDS Campaign, Boston, Mass.

I think the budget that the House of Representatives passed, particularly reinstating the needle exchange ban, is just appalling: (a) it doesn't belong in a budget bill; but (b) it's terrible policy. And it's really bad news for people with HIV, and people at risk of contracting HIV. The funding levels included in that budget were also really terrible. That was really disappointing to me.

The International AIDS Conference in D.C. is going to be really exciting, and I'm hoping that that will mean some big political action ahead of that. The pressure that that conference supplies will mean that the president and Congress must act in bold ways that they haven't yet, that we haven't seen in the past couple of years.

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