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HIV, Ignorance and Bigotry Take Center Stage During Iowa State Senate Race

September 10, 2010

What began as an HIV awareness campaign in Iowa has turned into a nasty public argument featuring a gay state senator, his Republican opponent and a conservative radio host.

Dave Leach, a Republican candidate for Iowa's state senate, spoke out earlier this summer against his opponent, openly gay incumbent Democrat Matt McCoy, for being part of an HIV awareness campaign earlier this year, reports The Des Moines Register. In the commercial and billboard campaign, McCoy (who is reportedly HIV negative) says, "HIV won't stop me from shaking hands with my constituents." The campaign was created by the

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Comment by: Michael Connidis (Vancouver, B.C.) Fri., Sep. 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm EDT
Three cheers for the Iowa HIV Alliance, Senator McCoy and the campaign to inform and end stigma. We are all free to speak our minds, unfortunately in the case of those who wish to remain ignorant, ill informed and blinded by rigid ideology. However, there are those who wish to engage in intelligent discussion and to move forward in our understanding and acceptance of those who are living with or affected by HIV infection and related disease. End stigma, push for treatment for all. Treatment=Prevention.
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Comment by: Grace (Nairobi, Kenya) Fri., Sep. 17, 2010 at 1:59 am EDT
And to think its America, everyone understands the issues behind the disease. A whole senate aspirant making such stupid and careless comments is a danger to society.
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Comment by: John (Connecticut) Thu., Sep. 16, 2010 at 5:35 pm EDT
What is it about Republicans and ignorance? Is it a prerequisite for party membership? I'm not being facetious. It just seems every time there's a politician making stupid homophobic and HIV-phobic comments, there's a gnarled little Republican raisin brain (dark and shriveled) telling him or her there are enough dolts out there agreeing, so not to worry. Please: Go back under your rocks, and don't come out again!!
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