October 1, 2002
Sprimont said many local HIV/AIDS patients go out of town for treatment in Iowa City, Chicago or Madison, Wis. Many do not want to get their prescriptions filled locally, fearing someone might find out. "I work closely with the case manager in Iowa City," Sprimont said. "While she can't share the numbers with me, she says there are a lot of Dubuquers who go there."
Sprimont believes that AIDS patients who are gay feel less likely to be discriminated against for their sexual orientation than for their illness. Ironically, if those patients received services closer to home, the Dubuque AIDS office would get more funding, because funding is based on the number of cases and their financial assessment. The AIDS coalition offers free, confidential testing. By state law, it cannot be anonymous.