Even Without Medicaid Expansion, Oklahoma HIV Service Providers Refuse to Let Anyone Fall Through the Cracks
“Somehow, in this state, it is more sinful to be poor and need help than it is to rob a bank.”
Local HIV advocate Lisa Britt shares her story of how the city's unspent HOPWA funding mess has impacted her family.
Spoken word artist Michael "Miss Mikey" Lamb shares his saga of fighting for health coverage -- and why people fall through the cracks.
Jennifer Flynn and Jaron Benjamin talk about the sleep-deprived, adrenaline-charged madness of pulling together day after day of mass protests -- and about what they see as the real prize: universal health care.
"Despite years working in HIV activism, it was my first 'real' arrest. It was finally time for me to practice civil disobedience to try to save American healthcare," writes activist Tim Murphy.
"Why don't you get educated Mr Trump?" Maria Mejia writes. "Not only are you stigmatizing us but you are gutting us and even cutting funds for research to find the HIV cure!"
How Jimmy Kimmel's Story About His Son Relates to HIV Health Care: A Video Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton
"First they check your wallet and then they check your pulse."
HIV advocates say don't panic -- you'll likely be fine. But there are still things you can think about and steps you can take.
After Week One of a Trump Presidency, Facing Fears That My Son Will Have a Sick, Dying Mother: A Blog Entry by Brooke Davidoff
"Keeping programs like the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion active and funded keeps [HIV-positive people] alive and working, not dying in some hospital bed," Brooke Davidoff writes.
Despite significant medical advances in treating HIV, very different realities divide the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV. Many -- primarily people of color -- are left behind because of life circumstances.