Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-02-22
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Guest Editorial: Who Will Be the AIDS President?
by Mark Ishaug
2008-01-09

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


And they're off. With Iowa victories under their belts, political sensations Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee have the winds at their backs as they campaign on messages of change and conciliation. But whether Obama becomes the Hope President or Huckabee the Faith President, the question many health care-minded voters are asking is: Who will be the AIDS president?

Sure, it's not as sexy as branding yourself the Education President or the Environmental President, but a chief executive who supports science-based approaches to halt the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, might just be hailed as the savior of a generation.

That's because twenty six years into the epidemic of our lifetime, the United States still has no comprehensive strategy to prevent HIV transmission, increase access to HIV care, and reduce racial disparities in the epidemic.

Nevermind that the U.S. requires nations that apply for billions of dollars in federal aid under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to develop such plans. Or that since its discovery more than a quarter century ago, HIV/AIDS has infected at least 1.5 million Americans and killed more than 538,000—nearly three times the population of Des Moines, Iowa.

It is estimated that one quarter of Americans who are HIV-positive do not know it. Many are diagnosed too late to benefit from early medical care and half of those who are eligible for antiretroviral treatment—the life-extending 'drug cocktails'—do not receive this treatment, according to the Open Society Institute.

So where do the White House hopefuls stand on HIV/AIDS?

AIDSVote.org offers insight. The nonpartisan voter and candidate education project features a poll conducted by three leading AIDS organizations—Housing Works, Gay Men's Health Crisis and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago—of the presidential hopefuls on pressing AIDS-related issues.

Of the 16 major party candidates in contention back in November—eight Democrats and eight Republicans—only six responded to the poll. Not one reply came from a Republican.

The three leading Democratic candidates—Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, former Sen. John Edwards and Sen. Hillary Clinton—support ending the ban on federal funding for needle exchange, a scientifically proven intervention to reduce the spread of HIV without increasing drug use.

All three have also pledged to craft a national AIDS strategy with explicit benchmarks if elected, as well as committing at least $50 billion by 2013 for the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

Of the leading Republicans, Huckabee, a Baptist minister, is the only one who has committed to developing a national AIDS strategy. His pledge, however, came in a Dec. 8 statement in which he sought to clarify remarks he made in 1992 that people living with HIV should be quarantined, according to a separate analysis of the presidential candidates by The Black AIDS Institute.

Whoever moves into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2009 should strive to be something the world has yet to see: the U.S. president who tackled both domestic and global AIDS.

Mark Ishaug is the president/CEO of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Dustin Lance Black on latest ABC project, When We Rise 2017-02-22
GUEST COLUMN Working with allies: Moving beyond the 'Kumbaya' in interfaith work 2017-02-22
#BlackLivesMatter co-founder kicks off Midwest BLGT and Ally College Conference 2017-02-22
At Midwest BLGT, Ally College Conference, Gutierrez calls for unity in resistance 2017-02-22
At Midwest BLGT and Ally College Conference, AIDS activist talks Trump-era organizing 2017-02-22
GUIDE TO THE GAYS Primary Feb. 28, general election April 4 2017-02-22
Roe v. Wade plaintiff dies 2017-02-21
Quigley talks community, political resistance in the Trump era 2017-02-21
CHIRLA calls for response to Trump administration mass deportation dragnet 2017-02-21
Openly gay South Bend mayor seeks Democratic leadership post 2017-02-18
Attorney: Legal loss validates church-based conversion therapy 2017-02-17
NBA warns Texas lawmakers anti-LGBTQ bills could affect All-Star game bids 2017-02-17
More than 75,000 LGBT DREAMers; 36,000 have participated in DACA 2017-02-17
LGBTQs join "A Day Without Immigrants," condemn raids on immigrant communities 2017-02-16
Immigrants march to protest Trump 2017-02-16
SPLC: Hate groups increase in second year, Trump electrifies radical right 2017-02-16
Human Rights Watch plans Kiki screening, panel Mar. 10 2017-02-16
Astraea Foundation sets Uprising of Love Fund for most urgent LGBTQI organizing 2017-02-16
800+ parents of trans kids sign HRC's letter to Trump on undermining protections 2017-02-15
Rep. Takano, LGBTQ groups speak out against Puzder for Labor Secretary 2017-02-15
In race for Atlanta City Council President Alex Wan gains Victory Fund endorsement 2017-02-15
Rep. Lipinski's votes on LGBT issues 2017-02-15
Chicago Dem Rep Dan Lipinski has mixed LGBT record 2017-02-15
LETTERS House of lies 2017-02-15
World news: Trans child bullied, Sapporo milestone, sauna deaths 2017-02-15
Bisexual candidate runs for Elgin Township supervisor 2017-02-15
National roundup: NBHAAD event, Philly news, Trump decision, HB2 appeal 2017-02-14
United Working Families endorses Berwyn United slate in 2017 primary elections 2017-02-14
EEOC files appeal in trans-related suit 2017-02-14
TRUST Collective-Chicago hosts retreat 2017-02-14
DoJ withdraws pro-trans protections 2017-02-11
HRC: Confirmation HHS Sec. Price jeopardizes LGBTQ health, well-being 2017-02-10
Donald Trump Signs Harmful Police Enforcement Executive Orders 2017-02-10
LGBTQ groups call Jeff Sessions a threat to civil rights, equality 2017-02-08
Alderman Ramirez-Rosa: Trump continues to attack those who don't look like him 2017-02-08
Quigley Continues LGBT Equality Caucus Leadership in the 115th Congress 2017-02-08
Illinois Women Moving Forward group announced by legislators in Springfield 2017-02-08
National roundup: Stonewall rally, transgender mayor, Pulse Nightclub 2017-02-07
Harris named conference chair 2017-02-07
No veteran advocates at White House VA listening session, OutServe-SLDN comments 2017-02-07
 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.