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December 11, 2013

December is National HIV/AIDS Awareness Month. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Both destroys the immune system....

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Ritty77

Dec-11-13 8:36 PM

Well, like you say, he believed they deserved to suffer and die, so that makes sense.

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DavidBross

Dec-11-13 7:32 PM

Ritty, I went back and checked and according to what I read, Koop was restrained by the Reagan Adm from talking about AIDs until the later 80s.

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Ritty77

Dec-11-13 6:32 PM

"We shouldn't forget Reagan's view regarding AIDS? He believed that those who got it deserved it and didn't warrant government action."

Really?

I remember his administration's actions on the matter, led by C. Everett Coop, was to not stigmatize the gay community. Instead, they said everyone was equally at risk. This political correctness cost the lives of many gay men who continued their behavior based on government's assurance that they were at no more risk than heterosexuals.

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DavidBross

Dec-11-13 4:56 PM

We shouldn't forget Reagan's view regarding AIDS? He believed that those who got it deserved it and didn't warrant government action. The while his idea that it was a self-inflicted wound has merit, his lack of willingness to deal with the crisis only made it worse in the long run. A good book to read regarding the beginning of AIDs in the US is, "And the Band Played On" by Randy Shilts(sp?). A brutally honest book by someone who lived the life.

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Ritty77

Dec-11-13 2:24 PM

"African-Americans have the most severe burden of HIV." —Chantel Ward

Why is that?

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enigma

Dec-11-13 1:18 PM

Is there anyone who isn't aware of HIV/AIDS? If there is, I doubt that this month will change that. I have to say that it appears that the purpose of 'awareness months' is to make people feel better about themselves for being aware. When the month is over they can then go back into their state of oblivion with a clear conscience, knowing that for a month they cared. Maybe we should have an apathy awareness month. At least then maybe people would realize, if only for a month, how self-centered they are.

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eriklatranyi

Dec-11-13 12:52 PM

HIV/AIDS is not the death sentence it once was.....thanks to pharmaceutical companies that spent billions on research into treatments.

Perhaps some might understand why your drugs cost so much.

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JohnZook

Dec-11-13 11:00 AM

According to the CDC, about 0.7% of U.S. citizens are living with AIDS/HIV. Most of these are in the gay community and the next highest percentage are drug users. This disease is spread by Poor Lifestyle Choices. How do you stop poor lifestyle choices? Even when people face lethal consequences, they will run the risk for that next pleasurable experience.

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leaningright

Dec-11-13 8:52 AM

Garben78- See "civility" from the other day , Please!

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CMReeder

Dec-11-13 8:16 AM

Yes good old George did in fact help out African nations just like Clinton did before him.

Back to the letter. It is very informative letter and unfortunately a necessary reminder that AIDs and HIV are still very serious diseases. Knowledge is a very powerful tool in combating these diseases. Thanks for writing a very useful letter.

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eriklatranyi

Dec-11-13 7:59 AM

While we discuss HIV/AIDS, we should give credit where credit is due.

President Bush did more for AIDS in Africa than any other group or president.

Unfortunately, due to liberal hate, Bush receives little credit for his compassion, humanity and charity by changing US policy and strategy on fighting HIV/AIDS and malaria in Africa.

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rmiller

Dec-11-13 7:32 AM

I think we are aware....

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ToTEXASfromPA

Dec-11-13 6:23 AM

"okay, texas, with who's spouse? lol"--radioactive

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Wow! Some evil personal attacking thoughts just flashed through my head but I will restrain myself and not post them. Let's just say.......When you figure it out, let me know.

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Premier

Dec-11-13 5:59 AM

Kinda funny....but not really.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Dec-11-13 5:41 AM

Best solution-monogamous relationship with married spouse.

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