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Federal Government Manages To Spare Money For AIDS Funding Despite Nearly Shutting Down!

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Well, thank goodness for this!

As most know last week, our federal government almost shut down last week after disputes over budget could not be resolved, but luckily, due to the last-minute deal that avoided the crisis, funding for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program received a $48 million dollar increase!

According to the AIDS Institute, the money will provide treatment for the 8,000 people in the 11 states currently on the ADAP waiting list. However, with 30,000 people enrolling on the list throughout the year, this sadly means that about one in four people with the disease will get help!

We're grateful to hear that there's still a substantial amount of money going to this serious cause, but clearly, it's not enough! Our fingers are crossed that somehow our government can find a way to help EVERYONE, and continue to be able to fight this horrific disease!

It needs our attention! It needs EVERYONE'S attention!

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21 comments to “Federal Government Manages To Spare Money For AIDS Funding Despite Nearly Shutting Down!”

  1. 1

    My uncle passed away from Aids so this means a lot to me..Someday they will find a cure. It's sad that it was too late for my uncle:(

  2. 2

    People that contract AIDS due to inserting needles into their arms to get high and those having irresponsible sex shouldn't be treated - let em suffer, population control. It's apparent they don't care about themselves so why should any money be used to treat them when it can be used to treat the child born with HIV/AIDS or the woman raped by the bastard carrying the disease. Treat those who have contracted this innocently, not those fully aware of the consequences of their actions that don't care.

  3. buck says – reply to this


    Re: April 20th – we need to get you into a politcal office

  4. 4

    Hopefully the funds Elizabeth Taylor left for HIV research will be distributed too. In the meantime as the rates of HIV increase in the under 25 age group the only way to combat this illness is to get tested regularly. Let's work on eliminating the stigma around this disease. Thanks for posting this Perez.

  5. 5

    Re: buck – great minds think alike! :)

  6. 6

    In response to April 20th, there are very few HIV+ babies born these days as all pregnant women are tested for the virus. There are no innocent or guilty parties. Most people who contract the virus do not know they have it. That is why the epidemic continues. With current statistics one of your near and dear friends or relatives could have the virus and not know it. With such attitudes as yours it discourages anyone from wanting to know they have the virus and from getting tested. You may want to re-think your views on this.

  7. 7

    Ok Im sorry, and I have nothing against AIDS/HIV funding. But BECAUSE the government got so close to shutting down, all active duty military is only recieving half a paycheck this friday. HALF. I cant say thank goodness they found the money for this, when we have soilders fighting overseas who now how to worry about their families being able to survive on HALF the money they normally get. A enlisted airman only makes $700 a paycheck! How are families supposed to survive on $350 for two weeks?

    Im sorry but I cant be happy that they have funding for people who, in the vast majority, have a self inflicted disease (meaning they did something to cause it), while families who are working and fighting are being denied the little money they make.

  8. 8

    Re: Gracie 2004 – Most people may not know they have it, but people should not be having unprotected sex or sharing needles. Period. People bitch and moan when a women gets an unwanted pregnancy because they say in this day and age there is no reaosn for a women to get pregnant with all of the information and resources available to her. The same goes for STD's, USE A CONDOM. Obviously there are cases where this doesnt apply (rape, cheating spouses who give it to there spouse ect;) but sleeping around and catching a disease or sharing needles with drug addicts doesnt make it ok. Thats how it is in this country. You dont contract the virus by accident, you agree to have sex without a condom, thus having the disease is just as much your faut as the person who infected you.

  9. 9

    Re: Gracie 2004 – Are you saying that there are fewer babies born with HIV because pregnant mothers are tested and then abort….? Sorry, but in my eyes, that's still innocence snuffed out due to HIV/AIDS. This is 2011, there ARE, using your own words, guilty and innocent parties. Everyone is educated about this disease now and we've gone through great lengths to help people in prevention. Most cities even have a hypodermic needle exchange system in place so druggies can have access to new, clean needles to prevent reusing and/or sharing… but they don't care and take that risk anyway! I still have extreme sadness and sympathy for them, but even more so for people who had no choice, yet suffer from this death sentence of a disease. :( Although I agree with April 20th, it is not a realistic viewpoint. The government can not determine who deserves medical treatment and who doesn't…. at least not yet anyway. Obamacare may change that though!

  10. 10

    Re: Gracie 2004 – "Very few" babies born with HIV doesn't mean "none". There are very much "guilty parties" - those that sleep around vehemently without protection and think that people that don't look like they have aids, don't. Others that stick needles into their arms to get high are "guilty parties". (not sure why I have to reiterate) My family and friends have nothing to do with this and if they were shooting up heroin and contracted HIV/AIDS, my views would be no different and so they shall also suffer. My attitude is not causing people to refrain from getting tested, it's their own guilty feelings or they just don't want to know - don't play the blame game with me. If my thoughts or statements cause someone to not monitor their own health, that is most definitely not my fault - have some common sense.

  11. 11

    Re: madalynn – I understand it's not a realistic viewpoint - esp in America where murderers, meth makers and illegal immigrants are all treated as "equally" as the hard working, tax paying citizens of this country are.

  12. 12

    My crony got herpes simplex virus type 2 several years ago. life’s tough for him sometimes. to help some-more people with STDs, we launched online STD support organization STDdatings.com in 2001, only serving poz people with Herpes(HSV 1,HSV 2),HIV,HPV,Hepatitis. If you’re living with STDs, gratefully come visit us as well as add us as friend. Never live in your own dark corner.

  13. 13

    @devinjes- I'm so glad someone with some sense said this! AIDS and HIV are mostly self inflicted so why are we paying for funding when our soldiers (people who put they're life on the line for OUR freedom) are getting screwed? It's ridiculous! I have never commented on anything on this site before and I probably never will again but this fkn bothers me to no end! I grew up with tweakers slamming dope and being reckless and news flash they do NOT care if they get anything because they're going nowhere fast anyways! At 12 I found out about the needle exchange process and they came once a week to my house to exchange needles I spent a good majority of my youth picking up dirty needles from tweakers that don't give a shit about anyone but them damn selves! It's disgusting to me that our government can fund this but not our soldiers!

  14. 14

    You really don't have a clue about politics, do you? A government "shutdown" isn't a shutdown. All it does is reduce government activity to "essential services". Guess what? No one wants their job to be listed as "non-essential" so the number of govt workers who don't report during a "shutdown" is tiny. That means SSI workers still send out checks, animals still get fed in national parks, police and security are still on the job…and yes, AIDS patients still get their medicine.

    Now, since you're on the subject, why not give a shoutout to former President George W. Bush, who world leaders (and even Bono) credit with doing more to stop HIV/AIDS than anyone in history?

  15. 15

    Re: Gracie 2004 – Well then they got it by having consensual unprotected sex (irresponsible action) or by sharing a needle (irresponsible action). I have zero empathy for those people. None. Zip. Zilch. Nada, It's called common sense. You know the potential consequences of having unprotected sex without both parties getting tested, and you know the potential consequences of sharing needles. People need to be held accountable for their irresponsible actions.

  16. 16

    Of course you want the government to shell out money for AIDS because you have it Mario. Sorry but I don't want my tax dollars going to people who are taking eachother up the ass without using condoms.

  17. 17

    Wow April 20th for once I completely agree with you and you hit the nail right on the head. People who contract AIDS like Mario did, by screwing anything that walks should be left for dead. We shouldn't be spending our hard earned money for their stupidity.

  18. 18

    Re: April 20th – oh so ignorant, you make it sound like only men can spread it.

  19. 19

    Statistics indicate that world wide hiv is on the rise through sex, heterosexual sex. Wear a condom, get tested on a regular basis for hiv and get educated. Knowledge is power. P.S. Babies are being being born negative today because mothers who test positive for hiv are given medication to prevent transmission to the fetus.

  20. 20

    I dont think the country can afford to pay 48M for any cause. Such a shame this country that our Armed Forces fight for is going down the drains fast because of decisions like this. Plenty of people donate, leave it with that.

  21. 21

    It’s been 30 years! We are long overdue for a cure! Please support re:solve AIDS and the Chronic Disease Fund. resolvefromcdf.org