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  •  I'm very glad you posted this diary (6+ / 0-)

    And I applaud you for doing so. Frankly I was surprised to read that not a single session on HIV and AIDS took place at NN this year.

    It's rather sad, isn't it, that we need to belabor the obvious...

    A large part of the success of the NHAS will rest on whether or not the Affordable Care Act goes into effect as planned, not least because prevention and testing -- which the ACA makes available without cost to the consumer, saving you fifty bucks right there -- is orders of magnitude more effective at saving lives than treatment after infection. Simple and glaringly obvious, one would think.

    In other words, if you don't have HIV, you don't die from HIV. And you certainly can't pass it on to anyone if you aren't infected.

    It's really pretty darned simple; rather like what my AA friends tell me (to wit: if you don't drink, you don't get drunk). Anyone who is, as far as they know, still HIV-negative would be well-advised to keep getting tested regularly because we are all human and we all now and then take risks that, if we'd thought about it, we might not have taken. Every last one of my friends who is HIV+ and was infected since we knew there was such a thing made that mistake. I'm sorry if I ever judged them; it really is pointless to do so.

    You're better off knowing about and owning up to a status change than thinking you're somehow exempt...and ending infecting others in the process. Ignorance truly can kill. But as you pointed out Michael, testing costs money and treatment cost even more money. Without an administration that has the political will to pursue both, things will get worse, not better.

    Too many of my friends were on the very expensive medication plan and STILL died. And they were lucky, at least to the extent that they could afford the meds. Many people can't. In this country, ACA or no ACA, health care apparently continues to be a privilege reserved for the those with money, a job and insurance. If you don't have at least two of those three, well tough darts. There's plenty more to be done when it comes to health care; as far as the Republicans are concerned we're already doing to much.

    To hop on to your and FCJ's comments regarding our national LGBT organizations, this is the reason I contribute to and raise money for AIDS service organizations instead of HRC and similar groups. It's not that their work is completely worthless; in fact it is not. Were there no HIV I'd likely be far more generous towards those other entities. The problem is that if we all die, they have nobody left to fight for, much less raise money from.

    •  Testing requires treatment. (8+ / 0-)

      I honestly don't see much hope of persuading people to get tested if we're not going to guarantee them treatment in the event they test positive.  It's certainly true that knowing one's status can be valuable in the sense that one can avoid infecting others and take better care of oneself.  But I rather doubt that most uninsured people will be willing to risk being diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease if they can't be assured of getting treatment for it.  

      It's a bit like the early days of the ELISA test.  Many guys I knew refused to get tested because they asked, "What's the point?  There's nothing medicine can do for me if I'm positive."

      "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

      by FogCityJohn on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 05:28:01 PM PDT

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