It's election time. Four years can be a very long time, and much has happened in the world since the last presidential election. HIV/AIDS is no exception. In the last 4 years, millions more people have become infected worldwide, and thousands of people continue to die of this disease every day. In the US, a growing population of people living with HIV/AIDS, coupled with capped or even dwindling funding to ensure them lifesaving medication and care, have put many hundreds of people on waiting lists to receive medications. Rumors persist that eventually the Ryan White CARE Act will not be renewed, effectively dismantling an essential support network for the families and individuals who continue to be devastated by this disease every day. The gains that were achieved after the deaths and struggles of so many stand to be eroded as many of our elected leaders fall victim to continuing indifference, insensitivity, and ignorance about AIDS. Find out where the presidential candidates stand on AIDS at www.aidsvote.com. Find out about where candidates stand on a variety of issues at www.ontheissues.org. Information on elected officials, voting records, etc. can be found at www.vote-smart.org. As election day (November 2) nears, please let your voice be heard both locally and nationally by voting for candidates who are aware of the gravity of AIDS and are committed to doing something about it.
We cannot falter in the battle against AIDS. The future of humanity depends upon it.
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