Sounds Like a Plan
Posted by pozlife on November 13, 2007
by Bob Ickes
Demand to hear the candidates’ AIDS strategies.
The petition, launched September 17, follows a deafening silence about HIV and AIDS issues in initial candidate debates and public forums. As POZ went to press, only one presidential hopeful had responded to the call to action: former U.S. Senator John Edwards of North Carolina, who in Congress served a region particularly hard-hit by the epidemic. On September 24, at the Families USA/Kaiser Family Foundation Health Care Forum, Edwards revealed a policy paper that urged a “comprehensive strategy to combat AIDS.” Mirroring many of the AIDS groups’ demands, the document made special mention of fighting the virus in Latino and African-American communities, where, as the AIDS Action Council notes, “the harm is now the greatest.” Rebecca Haag, executive director of AIDS Action Council, says, “We welcome Senator Edwards’ call for a national strategy. He is definitely listening to the many organizations, groups and individuals that understand the need for a committed public health approach to HIV.” Which isn’t to say she or AIDS Action officially endorses Edwards—yet. They await responses from Clinton, Obama, Giuliani, McCain, Romney and other presidential hopefuls. To encourage other candidates to pledge to fight AIDS, visit the website and add your voice to the call.
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