Magazine Calls on Next President to Develop National HIV/AIDS Plan
November 4, 2008
Whichever candidate wins the U.S. presidential election should develop a national HIV/AIDS strategy, POZ magazine editor-in-chief Regan Hofmann said recently, VOA News reports. According to POZ, more than one million people in the U.S. are HIV-positive, and 14,000 people died from AIDS-related causes in 2006. In addition, about 25% of people in the U.S. who are living with HIV are unaware of their status, VOA News reports. According to Hofmann, the next president should "acknowledge" that there is an HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S. and put "forward a plan immediately to deal with it. The funding is not commensurate with the need in the United States." She added that several state and federal HIV/AIDS programs have seen budget cuts in recent years.
According to Hofmann, many young people who were born after the initial fears surrounding HIV/AIDS are not aware of prevention measures and therefore are engaging in risky sexual behavior. She added that more funding should be devoted to developing a vaccine or cure for HIV/AIDS because of the rising costs of treatment and prevention. "This has become a global economic crisis," Hofmann said, adding, "It's been a humanitarian crisis for a long, long time. ... We're looking at how in the world the world is going to be able to pay for all of these people. So, there's absolutely incentive, I think, to look for the answer to this disease. We can't bear the cost of AIDS" (De Capua, VOA News, 11/3).
The related POZ article is available online.
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.