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Silence = Death, and the RNC Has Been Pretty Deadly So Far

August 29, 2012

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Now, on the third day of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, it should come as no surprise that the GOP continues to speak about HIV/AIDS issues in the same way that they have over the last few years: silently, if at all.

This reticence is remarkable, given how much time the GOP has spent talking about health care, villainizing the Affordable Care Act and renaming it "Obamacare." I mean, isn't it telling that amidst all of their [talk] about health care, that they never stop to consider the way in which the new plan will support the country's most vulnerable, especially people of color and those living with HIV/AIDS?

In a recent article posted by POZ, it appears that any direct questions about HIV/AIDS will be promptly ignored.

Again, not surprising, given the Republican Party's long history of painting HIV/AIDS as a social issue rather than a health epidemic, as a thing, an "other" that doesn't affect their so-called constituency or national platform that has recently come out as virulently anti-abortion and anti-LGBT.

But, friends, we know that HIV/AIDS is a health issue that affects all of us. Whether we vote Democrat or Republican; whether we identify as heterosexual or gay or bisexual; are young or old; Caucasian or Asian, and so forth, HIV/AIDS affects all of us, and we can't afford to lose any ground or funding in curbing this epidemic at home. Many of our friends, family members, or loved ones may be a part of the 50,000+ new HIV infections that occur each year United States, or may be one of those living with HIV/AIDS that do not know it.

Elected officials, whether they are running for President or the State Assembly, whether they are Democrats or Republicans, need to take the lead by addressing the country's most pressing health issue of our time.

Come on, national leaders, lead.

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This article was provided by Housing Works. It is a part of the publication Housing Works AIDS Issues Update. Visit Housing Works' website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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