Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-12-08
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor


  WINDY CITY TIMES

Obama pledges renewed HIV fight, but not more funds
NEWS UPDATE AUG. 25, 2009
by Bob Roehr
2009-08-19

This article shared 2223 times since Wed Aug 19, 2009
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


A large piece of tape covered Christopher Bates' mouth as he stepped to the podium of the 2009 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta, and then dramatically ripped it off.

"It was eight years of budget cuts; eight years of abstinence only; eight years of condoms don't work; eight years of bad people do bad things so bad things happen to them; it was eight years of monogamy until marriage," said the director of HIV/AIDS policy at the Department of Health and Human Services. "But we made it."

The career government employee said the Obama administration is like a breath of fresh air. He called on those in the audience to "hold our feet to the fire" in responding to the domestic epidemic of HIV. Bates' remarks were filled with challenges, but few promises.

Jeff Crowley, director of the Office of National AIDS Policy at the White House, said he has begun work on developing a national HIV/AIDS strategy, due by the end of the year. He sees it not so much as a product but a process, "a national conversation that asks the question, where are we with the epidemic in 2009."

"The President's goals are reducing HIV incidence; getting all people living with HIV into care; and reducing HIV-related health disparities," Crowley said. The focus will be on those most affected by the epidemic, gay and bisexual men, and African Americans.

"I start with the idea that we are doing lots of things right. How can we sharpen our focus and do a better job?" He held the first of 14 scheduled town hall meetings in Atlanta toward that end.

"This is the moment we have been waiting for," said Kevin Fenton, director of AIDS programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) .

"A national plan should have measurable goals, measurable objectives, tied to resources. We have seen too many strategic plans which have been developed without any new resources or without looking critically at how we leverage existing resources to ensure that they are targeted to areas where they are most needed or we can have the greatest impact."

When pressed as to why he is optimistic that this planning exercise will be successful where others have failed, Fenton said at a news conference, this is the first plan that encompasses all federal agencies, not just CDC. He hopes that it will create excitement and draw new resources, while better coordination will create greater efficiencies.

"We shouldn't expect that there is lots of free money on the table, we understand that there are very serious federal budget deficits," cautioned Crowley, sounding like a Republican of yore. "But we also are not taking off the table new investments."

"Part of the opportunity with the strategy is to sharpen our case, come out with something that Congress and the American people can understand — we are building on success, and if we make new investments, this is what they can expect to get from that."

Many states are cutting back their support for AIDS care and prevention. Crowley said the administration has directed economic stimulus money to Medicaid and community health centers "but there are limits to how much the federal government can respond…we just don't have the capacity to backfill all of the needs at the state and local level."

SECRETARY SEBELIUS

"Our progress towards ending the disease here in the US has stalled," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said later in the day. She is the first Secretary to speak at the prevention conference. She noted that complacency has set in among the American public about HIV and it has largely disappeared from the media.

But almost half of all African-American gay men were HIV-positive, according to a 2005 study conducted in five cities that Sebelius cited. "Imagine if it were half the straight white women in Atlanta. Wouldn't we be calling this a national emergency? Shouldn't we be?"

Sebelius said the Obama administration has chosen to redouble the domestic HIV effort. She announced that Helene Gayle has agreed to chair the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, which will be restructured to focus on domestic programs. Gayle has been a leader in the fight against AIDS at the CDC, the Gates Foundation, and now as president of the international relief group CARE.

The Secretary was not made available to the press at the event.

ANALYSIS

But even Obama supporters have to wonder, if the administration is was intent upon restoring the public visibility of HIV, why then on the same day as Sebelius' appearance at the conference did it also release a presidential advisory commission report on the H1N1 virus, the so-called swine flu?

The estimates of death within that report rightly made the front page of the Washington Post, USA Today, and television news. It was guaranteed to be the lead health story of the day and completely crowd out news coverage of HIV.

Delaying release of that report by a day or two would have left room for HIV coverage.

What is Crowley going to learn in his cavalcade of a 14 city "listening tour" that he hasn't already learned from his years of experience working with the epidemic, or his town hall meetings earlier this year at AIDSWatch and when he has traveled to cities like Philadelphia and Chicago?

What "new" things will make it into what he envisions as a 20-page strategy explaining things to the American people?

Or is it just a procedural exercise to defer grappling with the real issues of AIDS programs and funding?

While these representatives of the Obama administration hope that additional funding will be made available to them, there was no firm commitment, and a dampening of expectations that it would be. They all cautioned that the current economic climate was tough.

More troubling to some observers is that funding for HIV prevention was cut from the economic stimulus package this spring, along with money for family planning. They were the two areas that the administration readily conceded to Republican objections.

While participants at the prevention conference may have appreciated the change in atmosphere from the Bush to the Obama administrations, what beyond the atmosphere has changed?


This article shared 2223 times since Wed Aug 19, 2009
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Gilead: Patients received fake HIV drugs 2022-01-20
- Gilead Sciences Inc said an unauthorized network of drug distributors and suppliers sold pharmacies more than $250 million of counterfeit versions of its HIV treatments over the last two years, endangering patients, Reuters reported. The drugmaker ...


Gay News

AIDS Foundation Chicago cancels World of Chocolate due to COVID-19 surge 2022-01-19
-- From a press release - CHICAGO — AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) has made the difficult decision to cancel its World of Chocolate event, the organization's largest winter fundraiser, due to the recent Omicron surge across ...


Gay News

NATIONAL California report, AIDS foundation CEO, QueerArt, intersex bill 2022-01-09
- California law enforcement officials conduct body searches on Black and transgender people more often than on white and cisgender people, according to a new report from California's Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory (RIPA) Board, LGBTQ Na ...


Gay News

FDA approves injectable PrEP 2021-12-24
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Apretude (cabotegravir extended-release injectable suspension) for use in at-risk adults and adolescents weighing at least 77 pounds for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to ...


Gay News

World of Chocolate fundraiser returns Feb. 11, benefits AIDS Foundation Chicago 2021-12-20
--From a press release - After a two-year hiatus, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is proud to announce the return of its famed World of Chocolate fundraiser taking place on Friday, Feb/ 11 at Union Station, 500 W. Jackson Blvd. Inspired by ...


Gay News

HIV AT 40: Longtime advocate Gregg Gonsalves talks activist roots, Larry Kramer and COVID 2021-12-08
- When it comes to dealing with HIV/AIDS, few people have been on the front lines—in the areas of activism, research and instruction—like Gregg Gonsalves. Gonsalves, a MacArthur fellow, is an expert in policy modeling on infectious ...


Gay News

AIDS Garden Chicago supporters, CDPH official commemorate World AIDS Day with event 2021-12-01
- AIDS Garden Chicago supporters and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) commemorated the 34th annual World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 at the Belmont Yacht Club with a sneak preview of the garden. The 2.5-acre ...


Gay News

Five Worth Finding: World AIDS Day, 'Benedetta,' books, wine in a can 2021-11-26
- —World AIDS Day event at Belmont Harbor: —The Chicago Parks Foundation will hold a World AIDS Day event on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m., at the Belmont Harbor Yacht Club. Antonio King, LGBTQ health and outreach liaison ...


Gay News

World AIDS Day events on tap 2021-11-26
- World AIDS Day takes place every year on Dec. 1. During this year—which marks the 40th anniversary since HIV was officially discovered—here are some of the events taking place (locally, regionally and nationally) on, before and ...


Gay News

AFC commemorates passing of the HIV decriminalization law with World AIDS Day event Dec. 1 2021-11-24
--From a press release - The World AIDS Day Community Celebration of the Historic Passage of HB1063, which ended criminal penalties against people living with HIV, will be hosted by AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC). It will also commemorate World AIDS Day ...


Gay News

AIDS Foundation Chicago awards grants to Black- and Latinx-led organizations 2021-11-12
- AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) has awarded eight grants—totaling $72,000—to BIPOC-led organizations working to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in Black and Latinx neighborhoods across Chicago. The grants came from AFC's Learning ...


Gay News

National AIDS Memorial to hold World AIDS Day national events Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 2021-11-10
--From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO (Nov. 9, 2021) — On December 1, the National AIDS Memorial brings three powerful programs to the public for World AIDS Day that offer inspiration, hope, remembrance, and reflection. The programming, free to the ...


Gay News

Secretary Becerra visits Humboldt Park, AIDS Foundation Chicago 2021-11-09
- On Nov. 8, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra traveled to sites in Chicago to highlight Biden-Harris administration's plans to build back better through investments in maternal health, the Affordable Ca ...


Gay News

LGBTQ+ Latinx healthcare providers discuss impact of COVID-19 pandemic 2021-10-29
- As part of its COVID-19 Grand Rounds series, AIDS Foundation Chicago hosted an Oct. 26 panel featuring LGBTQ+ Latinx healthcare providers sharing how the pandemic has impacted their personal and professional lives. Panelists included Howard Brown ...


Gay News

WORLD Indian commission, queer royals, MTV, Putin, attack in Jamaica 2021-10-24
- India's National Medical Commission has ordered publishers and medical schools to edit their textbooks and curricula to exclude discriminatory and unscientific portrayals of LGBTI people, according to Human Rights Watch. ...


 



Copyright © 2022 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


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.