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Press Release

National AIDS Strategy Welcomed, But Hardest Part Is Acting to Achieve Goals

July 14, 2010

Washington, D.C. -- AIDS Alliance for Children Youth & Families applauds the Obama Administration for developing the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy aimed at combating the HIV epidemic in the United States and urges significant action and funding to ensure successful implementation of the plan.

AIDS Alliance Executive Director Carole Treston said the report identifies the right goals for halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and improving access to care and reducing HIV related disparities for vulnerable individuals and families. However, Treston warned that "the hardest and most important part of the strategy will be implementation. The urgent need for coordinating efforts and identifying and committing the resources to make this plan a reality will be a challenge, especially as a sense of urgency about HIV/AIDS has waned in our country" She adds "AIDS Alliance is committed to supporting the implementation of this plan and we will redouble our efforts to make sure that issues surrounding youth are addressed during the implementation process -- a facet of the plan that seems to be lacking."

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Comment by: Joseph4GI (Stockton, CA) Thu., Jul. 15, 2010 at 10:02 pm UTC
Our president's efforts to fight HIV should be lauded. He brings up a good point; we should be focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention methods that have been proven to work.

The sad reality is that while there are people who honestly want to help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, there are others who are working to achieve their own goals. Doctors and researchers are humans too, they have families to maintain, and mortgages and cars to pay off. It is really easy to say that we need to focus on "preventative medicine," but we also need to keep a close watch on what some people would like to label "preventative medicine."

It is a good gesture to want to provide "preventative medicine" to the public at no cost. However, there will be pharmaceutical companies, as well as doctors who will be working hard to get a stamp of approval for their brand of "preventative medicine," from organizations sucha s the CDC, AAP, FDA and so forth.

Watch out for groups wanting to get the government to pay for their vaccine for all. Watch out for groups that want to sell circumcision as "preventative medicine." Circumcision is worthless because even if studies were correct, it only protects "60% of the time," meaning it FAILS for 40% of the time, which means circumcised men have to wear condoms, which are much cheaper, and much more effective anyway. As AIDS is getting no extra funding, money needs to be directed on prevention that has been conclusively proven to work, and not on expensive procedures with dubious benefits that would be supplanted by condoms and education anyway.

We need to be on the lookout for special interest groups vying for CDC, FDA, AAP etc. approval. Don't let opportunistic charlatans cash in on HIV/AIDS funding. Give money to the people that need it, not to those who merely want to line their pockets selling snake-oil.
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