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Press Release

Gay Men's Health Crisis Congratulates President Obama; Looks Forward to Development of a National AIDS Strategy

November 5, 2008

New York, N.Y. -- Today Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) expressed optimism in response to the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America. Throughout the campaign, President-elect Obama spoke out on issues of importance to the HIV/AIDS community. As can be seen in GMHC's Presidential Candidates report, President-elect Obama supports a number of GMHC's key federal policy priorities, including:

  • Creating and implementing a National AIDS Strategy
  • Streamlining and enhancing funding and research for microbicides
  • Lifting the federal funding ban on syringe exchange
  • Eliminating the discriminatory HIV entry ban
  • Ending federal funding for ideologically-based, abstinence-only-until-marriage programs
  • Funding comprehensive sex education for our nation's youth
  • Allowing gay and lesbian Americans to serve openly in the military
  • Ending discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity; and
  • Recognizing same-sex relationships

While in the United States Senate, Obama was an ardent advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS domestically and globally. He authored a bill to promote microbicides research, which if developed would be a remarkable new tool in the prevention of HIV/AIDS. Further, he and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden have been central to the United States' response to the global epidemic. Both were supportive of an enhanced renewal of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) this summer.

"GMHC is hopeful that after eight years of opposition to science-based policies and programs, President-elect Obama will redouble the nation's efforts to fight AIDS," said Marjorie J. Hill, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Gay Men's Health Crisis. "We look to the new Obama Administration to develop and implement a National AIDS Strategy, which we are certain will better coordinate the national response to HIV/AIDS, and help finally slow the spread of this devastating epidemic," continued Dr. Hill.

Throughout his term, GMHC will work closely with the Obama-Biden Administration to ensure that sound public policies regarding HIV/AIDS are implemented and fully supported.

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This article was provided by Gay Men's Health Crisis. Visit GMHC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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Comment by: Nyende Ali (Jinja, UGANDA, East Africa) Thu., Nov. 13, 2008 at 4:19 am UTC
I think president elect's (Barack Obama) support of ending federal funding for ideologically-based, abstinence-only-until-marriage programs is a brilliant idea, since it can not at any single time be an HIV and AIDS prevention measure. Funding comprehensive sex education programs for youth is one of the best ways to go today, as well as funding HIV and AIDS research.
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Comment by: Angela Lawrence (Maine) Mon., Nov. 10, 2008 at 4:09 pm UTC
I am insprired by Pres. Elect Obama and now hope he will indeed lead us out of the mess that the GOP has left us in Washington, and across the country. His ideas for health care alone will greatly help all Americans, including those of us living with HIV/AIDS.
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Comment by: Kpoobari Iyetu (Rivers State, Nigeria) Mon., Nov. 10, 2008 at 6:07 am UTC
I think it is important for the president elect to look into possible means of funding corporate bodies, non-governmental organisations (NGO) across the globe, especially Nigeria, to sensitize our communitie youth on the danger of this incurable disease.
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Comment by: Esteban (Santiago, Chile) Sat., Nov. 8, 2008 at 5:31 pm UTC
It's surprising how a not-so-difficult to prevent disease cannot be better controlled in the US, considered by many people an "advanced country". I hope it changes.
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Comment by: Phillip Padilla (Denver CO) Fri., Nov. 7, 2008 at 9:37 pm UTC
I think its important for President elect Obama to fund comprehensive sex education for our nations youth because parents themselves don't even know about the HIV/AIDS crises among our nations youth. I am a twenty two year old gay male who is HIV positive and i think its important to bring awareness, especially to young adults.
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Comment by: Phillip (Panama City, Fl) Thu., Nov. 6, 2008 at 2:33 pm UTC
Maybe we now have another President who will help fund HIV research and help support programs to help with high cost of HIV medicines.
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Comment by: Robert Evans (New York) Wed., Nov. 5, 2008 at 7:40 pm UTC
On 11/30/07, one day before World AIDS Day and my 61st birthday, Barack Obama, from his HQ in Chicago, made a great statement of his commitment to fighting and treating HIV in this country and in the world, and it was printed in The Body with a comment by myself. I am a school psychologist in Harlem where they didn't even have HIV education.
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