AIDS Advocates Ask for Additional Ryan White CARE Act Funding During Denver Rally
September 28, 2005
The Denver Mayor's Office of HIV Resources and community organizations on Tuesday held a rally to urge federal lawmakers to increase funding for HIV/AIDS treatment and other services under the Ryan White CARE Act, which expires on Sept. 30 and is scheduled for reauthorization, the Denver Rocky Mountain News reports. The event also marked the beginning of a national initiative, called the Campaign to End AIDS, during which advocates will make a cross-country trip that will end with a rally in Washington, D.C. in November. President Bush has proposed cuts to the CARE Act. Advocates say that funding cuts would prevent essential services -- such as emergency housing, food aid and financial assistance -- from reaching HIV-positive people who need assistance, according to Robin Valdez, director of the Mayor's Office of HIV Resources. Walt Senterfitt, an advocate from Los Angeles who is a national co-chair of C2EA, said at the rally that he is concerned CARE Act funding cuts would make it more difficult for low-income HIV-positive people to access treatment. "We want prevention, not politics," Senterfitt said, adding, "We need to get out in front in funding. We cannot be a catastrophe we have to live with for the rest of our lives" (Doligosa, Denver Rocky Mountain News, 9/28).
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