Delegation Demands AIDS Funding

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Lawmakers Say State Shortchanged March 24, 2007 By HILARY WALDMAN , Courant Staff Writer Angered by huge federal funding cuts that threaten to end housing, transportation, drug treatment and other services for ...
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Brain-Dead Guy

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Mar 24, 2007
 
HIV doesn't cause AIDS. A weakened immune system does, when compromised by Bad Thoughts and Synapse Relapse. Don't forget, Lyme Disease was discovered in Ct., home of the freeloaders, land of the Brave New World, without one professional sports team. Thevies all pay attention here now. Your chain is only as strong as the weakest link. If your chain contains sulphur, which is a soft metal, well then put it in the laundry and hang out to dry. I like the posts coming in from TN, KY, and ALA. Bet they don't have HIV there. That's how I would handle this sit-u-ation. No more problema, only solutions need apply, Morning-Glory-breath.
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Mar 24, 2007
 
Boy o boy,_what_ have you folks been smoking? Certainly not medical marijuana; at least that would put some sense into your heads.

I've had HIV/AIDS for 17 years. Before you shoot off your mouths, maybe you should educate yourselves.
alice

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Mar 24, 2007
 
Let's see they get an illness which is 100% avoidable then make demands. I demand more money for cancer reasearch for children, aids help for the innocent kids unluckey enough to be born to a drug user, prostitute, or an infected man. Enough tax dollars have gone to this group, it's time they helped there own.
Shawn M Lang

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Mar 24, 2007
 
First, the syringe exchange programs across the state have actually reduced the spread of HIV among injecting drug users by 30% and have been a gateway for folks ot get into treatment, healthcare and housing.
Second, there has been no significant increases into HIV prevention either on the part of the state or the federal government, which is impacting HIV transmission trends which are on the rise primarily in the heterosexual communities, especially among youth and women of color.
I can't believe that "early childhood adv" is anything of the sort. The STD rates in CT are highest among youth 15 - 19 and 20 - 24 year olds. HIV rates are sure to follow. Most schools do little or no HIV prevention education, opting to follow Bush, Jr's lead of "abstinance only" which research has documented, does not work.
Before posting, people ought to get their facts straight (no pun intended).
MrLogical

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Mar 24, 2007
 
alice wrote:
Let's see they get an illness which is 100% avoidable then make demands. I demand more money for cancer reasearch for children, aids help for the innocent kids unluckey enough to be born to a drug user, prostitute, or an infected man. Enough tax dollars have gone to this group, it's time they helped there own.
Amen. There are simple and 100% effective ways to avoid this dread disease: 1) don't have unprotected sex, 2) don't do IV drugs, 3) develop a monogamous relationship - and stay there (hopefully married), 4) persist in steps 1 thru 3. I'm sick and tired of this 'group' and their bleeding heart sympathizers demanding that taxpayers foot the bill for a problem that is essentially rooted in risky and anti-social behavior. The only exception that could make any posible sense is to help find palliative treatments for kids who are the unlucky progeny of these social deviants. Don't like the disease and it's consequences? Don't contract it. Easy.
MrLogical

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Mar 24, 2007
 
Shawn M Lang wrote:
First, the syringe exchange programs across the state have actually reduced the spread of HIV among injecting drug users by 30% and have been a gateway for folks ot get into treatment, healthcare and housing.
Second, there has been no significant increases into HIV prevention either on the part of the state or the federal government, which is impacting HIV transmission trends which are on the rise primarily in the heterosexual communities, especially among youth and women of color.
I can't believe that "early childhood adv" is anything of the sort. The STD rates in CT are highest among youth 15 - 19 and 20 - 24 year olds. HIV rates are sure to follow. Most schools do little or no HIV prevention education, opting to follow Bush, Jr's lead of "abstinance only" which research has documented, does not work.
Before posting, people ought to get their facts straight (no pun intended).
Here's a fact for you: This disease is a disease of choice. If you want it, you can get it. From the nonsense you write, it sounds like you're just gullible enough to get it.
dhs

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Mar 24, 2007
 
Brain-Dead Guy wrote:
HIV doesn't cause AIDS. A weakened immune system does, when compromised by Bad Thoughts and Synapse Relapse. Don't forget, Lyme Disease was discovered in Ct., home of the freeloaders, land of the Brave New World, without one professional sports team. Thevies all pay attention here now. Your chain is only as strong as the weakest link. If your chain contains sulphur, which is a soft metal, well then put it in the laundry and hang out to dry. I like the posts coming in from TN, KY, and ALA. Bet they don't have HIV there. That's how I would handle this sit-u-ation. No more problema, only solutions need apply, Morning-Glory-breath.
Holy cow, this is the craziest post I've ever read.
Pro sports, mind over matter, sulphur, laundry etc. What have you been smoking?
Shawn M Lang

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Mar 25, 2007
 
I can't believe that the Courant allows some of the posts in this comment section. Most of the posters are ill-informed about the HIV/AIDS crisis in this state and are certainly missing the point.(And I won't even get started on spelling and grammatical errors.) I've been an AIDS activist for nearly 20 years and do public policy work on HIV/AIDS on the state and federal levels. The opinions contained in these posts continue to do more damage to any progress we've made and can make with their homophobic, AIDS-phobic, addition-phobic rants. We would love to see more HIV prevention information from grade school on up, but the federal and state governments have made other choices which impact the public health of our state and nation. With regards to mother-to-child transmission, in this country we have all but eliminated transmission of HIV from mother to child with the use of prophylatic medications, which are mostly unavailble or only available on a limited places in developing countries, like those in sub-Sarahan Africa. Alas, after reading these posts, we have so much work to do.

Peace,
Shawn M. Lang
Director of Public Policy
CT AIDS Resource Coalition
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Mar 25, 2007
 
There are barely any babies born with HIV these days in CT. Even though there is tons of government money dumped into fighting and treating AIDS, why should CT get more than its fair share. Other states that have more HIV/AIDS than we do and should get what they deserve. It sounds like the distribution of funds is based on the number of cases - which is fair! Are we supposed to get money that should go to states with more cases? While we are on the topic, why dont other diseases and conditions get the same amount of money that AIDS does from the government? Check it out if we are talking about getting facts straight before posting. Other diseases that kill and affect many many more of us than AIDS does get NOTHING. Early Child Advocate is obviously mentally ill, so don't listen to her, but really check out health and government expenditures overall and we will all see that the govt spends way more on AIDS than any other condition AND people with AIDS have so much more at their access than others who (aside from AIDS) are in the same situation. Its not fair. All sick people who are poor should get their needs met, not just people with AIDS.
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Mar 25, 2007
 
P.S. to the person from the AIDS coalition, check your spelling before you criticize others. You've got lots of spelling errors too. By the way, how do these funding cuts effect your paycheck????
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Mar 25, 2007
 
Shawn M Lang wrote:
I can't believe that the Courant allows some of the posts in this comment section. Most of the posters are ill-informed about the HIV/AIDS crisis in this state and are certainly missing the point.(And I won't even get started on spelling and grammatical errors.) I've been an AIDS activist for nearly 20 years and do public policy work on HIV/AIDS on the state and federal levels. The opinions contained in these posts continue to do more damage to any progress we've made and can make with their homophobic, AIDS-phobic, addition-phobic rants. We would love to see more HIV prevention information from grade school on up, but the federal and state governments have made other choices which impact the public health of our state and nation. With regards to mother-to-child transmission, in this country we have all but eliminated transmission of HIV from mother to child with the use of prophylatic medications, which are mostly unavailble or only available on a limited places in developing countries, like those in sub-Sarahan Africa. Alas, after reading these posts, we have so much work to do.
Peace,
Shawn M. Lang
Director of Public Policy
CT AIDS Resource Coalition
Instead of expressing incredulity and scorn at those who don't share your beliefs, why don't you try to convince people in this forum why they should care about AIDS? Could it be that these people have a point, namely that spending on AIDS in America far exceeds that of other more common deadly diseases and it's mostly preventable? I think people are tired of hearing about AIDS only to see a gay pride parade where the very behavior that spreads the disease is exalted.
BTW unavailable is spelled "unavailable".
MrLogical

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Mar 25, 2007
 
dhs wrote:
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Instead of expressing incredulity and scorn at those who don't share your beliefs, why don't you try to convince people in this forum why they should care about AIDS? Could it be that these people have a point, namely that spending on AIDS in America far exceeds that of other more common deadly diseases and it's mostly preventable? I think people are tired of hearing about AIDS only to see a gay pride parade where the very behavior that spreads the disease is exalted.
BTW unavailable is spelled "unavailable".
Bingo. The very people that whine about deprivation are frequently promoting depravity. Sexual deviants and IV drug abusers are almost never spoken of in these discussions. the only thing you're apt to hear from the HIV/AIDS crowd is their simpering appeals for tolerance. No amount of taxpayer funding can take the place of common sense and admonitions of reposnsibility that ought to be taught in the primary family group. This "it takes a village" nonsense approach to rearing children and young adults is the WORST thing that society can do. Parents have abdicated their responsibilities to the nanny-state and then complain when the kids go adrift. It's time to stop the insanity. Let these people who take risks that are 100.00% avoidable suffer the consequences of their self-imposed ignorance and stop asking the taxpayers to subsidize said ignorance.

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Mar 25, 2007
 
wow talk about glass houses, hiv isn't a disease that only "sexual deviants" have to worry about. just one sexual encounter is enough to spread the virus. As someone who has lost family to this disease I find it very upsetting that it seems that easy to condemn "others" to suffer and die. People make mistakes, it does not mean that they do not deserve compassion and support.
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Mar 25, 2007
 
There is some truth to the fact that people don’t die of HIV. AIDS is a syndrome that occurs when HIV whittles away at the body’s defenses, leaving a person metabolically and nutritionally depleted and open to opportunistic infections. It is a horrible disease that gradually robs a person of their faculties and abilities, often painful and difficult to manage. This is why supplemental funding is critically important. Surviving HIV/AIDS requires nothing less than quality experienced health care, a clean safe environment, and good nutrition. This funding is not about promoting life styles, sexual habits, or drug use. It’s about caring for the sick and suffering.

Please forgive me my naiveté in believing that every person is a child of God, we are all brothers and sisters, and regardless of their choices or paths,“that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”(7/4/1776, Declaration of Independence). These are the principles that have made our country great. How sad it is to see our founding fathers visions lost in the darkness of hatred, bigotry, and ignorance.

This funding does not detract or take away from other much needed research and care for other diseases and social ills. We will overcome HIV/AIDS, Cancer, and other diseases. The question is not if, but when. How long it takes depends on our commitment, compassion, and concern.
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Mar 26, 2007
 
kitty36 wrote:
wow talk about glass houses, hiv isn't a disease that only "sexual deviants" have to worry about. just one sexual encounter is enough to spread the virus. As someone who has lost family to this disease I find it very upsetting that it seems that easy to condemn "others" to suffer and die. People make mistakes, it does not mean that they do not deserve compassion and support.
I have been hearing that since high school and everyone I know who has contracted AIDS has been an IV drug user or a promiscuous gay man. Of course they deserve compassion and support, to an extant, but so does everyone who has a debilitating disease. What people get tired of is the constant harping, ribbon wearing etc. about a disease that afflicts narrowly, in the US anyway, and is almost entirely preventable.
It's 2007 if you contract AIDS from "just one" sexual encounter or "just one" dirty needle, you have only yourself to blame. AIDS advocates might do well to spread that message, because an ounce of prevention, in form of personal responsibility, is worth any number of ridiculous red ribbons.
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Mar 26, 2007
 
good point. this isnt about people with HIV/AIDS or gay men or IDUs. Its about so much funding going to one disease when there are other diseases that kill many more people who fall into many of the same categories as people with AIDS. Why dont they deserve even a fraction of the additional services people with AIDS get? Now people are crying about losing funding to support people with AIDS, when it is still millions more than what goes to people with other conditions. There are no housing programs for other poor people who are sick. Its about compassion for EVERYONE.
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Mar 27, 2007
 
Let's get some education here people! To be so ignorant to say that only "gays" and IV drug users contract this disease is ob sured. As far as monogamy is concerned...bull! If you trust your spouse that is wonderful but do you know who they are with or what they might bring home to you? Let's be real. Everyone deserves a chance at life. How many of you have children, teens that will one day decide it there time to go out and explore the world? Perhaps your perfect world will protect them from contracting a disease that does not discriminate. There are teenagers out there living with disease, children, maybe not by choice but because they were born with it. They are going to start having sex, and maybe they will pass it on to another person. Please stop trying to act like nobody has ever made a bad choice in there life. Stop trying to act like your husband or wife is never in a situation that they may cheat on you.'

All these people are asking for is to live there lives, to have a home, a meal, and assistance to survive.

Look within yourself and think back to a time that you might have not been 100% safe all of the time. GET EDUCATED! STOP IGNORANCE!

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Jun 10, 2007
 
alice wrote:
Let's see they get an illness which is 100% avoidable then make demands.
OOOOOhhh! Blame the victim, sweetie! 100% avoidable? Great statistic! Too bad it isn't close to the truth!! But thanks for playing!!

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MrLogical wrote:
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Amen. There are simple and 100% effective ways to avoid this dread disease: 1) don't have unprotected sex, 2) don't do IV drugs, 3) develop a monogamous relationship - and stay there (hopefully married), 4) persist in steps 1 thru 3. I'm sick and tired of this 'group' and their bleeding heart sympathizers demanding that taxpayers foot the bill for a problem that is essentially rooted in risky and anti-social behavior. The only exception that could make any posible sense is to help find palliative treatments for kids who are the unlucky progeny of these social deviants. Don't like the disease and it's consequences? Don't contract it. Easy.
Honey!!! Take a chill pill!! This social deviant loves you like a Christian brother!!! My AIDS-ridden soul will pray for your enlightenment!! Kisses!!

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Jun 10, 2007
 
Shawn M Lang wrote:
I can't believe that the Courant allows some of the posts in this comment section. Most of the posters are ill-informed about the HIV/AIDS crisis in this state and are certainly missing the point.(And I won't even get started on spelling and grammatical errors.) I've been an AIDS activist for nearly 20 years and do public policy work on HIV/AIDS on the state and federal levels. The opinions contained in these posts continue to do more damage to any progress we've made and can make with their homophobic, AIDS-phobic, addition-phobic rants. We would love to see more HIV prevention information from grade school on up, but the federal and state governments have made other choices which impact the public health of our state and nation. With regards to mother-to-child transmission, in this country we have all but eliminated transmission of HIV from mother to child with the use of prophylatic medications, which are mostly unavailble or only available on a limited places in developing countries, like those in sub-Sarahan Africa. Alas, after reading these posts, we have so much work to do.
Peace,
Shawn M. Lang
Director of Public Policy
CT AIDS Resource Coalition
Right on Shawn .. if you're still there .. CARC has done much for me and my family and you're right, there is much work left to be done. Peace to you.

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