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  •  My husband's nephew died from AIDS (10+ / 0-)

    He was shot by a policeman for rolling through a stop sign (that story is probably worthy of a diary...) This was some time in the mid-80's. Matt required about 80 or so transfusions during his six months in the hospital.

    Matt never seemed to fully recover, but it was a few years before he was diagnosed with AIDS. By then, he had infected his girlfriend. They got married, but her family disowned her for being sick, so they refused to attend the wedding. She died within two years of being diagnosed. Her family never spoke another word to her after learning she had AIDS -- but sat in the front pew at her funeral and screamed and cried about losing their little girl. She was 23 when she died.

    Matt died the following year at the age of 24.

    There are so many reasons to hate Reagan, but this comes pretty high on my list...

    First the thing is impossible, then improbable, then unsatisfactorily achieved, then quietly improved, until one day it is actual and uncontroversial. ... It starts off impossible and it ends up done. - Adam Gopnik

    by theKgirls on Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 07:54:23 PM PST

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    •  The worst thing Reagan did was AIDS (4+ / 0-)

      Many people think he ignored it.  He didn't.  He actively aided the disease by cutting funding to the CDC.  

      As a nurse whose practice included the worst of the AIDS era, it was horrifying.  The CDC staff knew it was a communicable disease right from the start.  

      I remember reading an article in the MMR (the CDCs Morbidity and Mortality Report) about a handful of young, gay men who had a rare type of cancer most often seen in elderly Italian men.  That single article, on Kaposiis Sarcoma appearing in the MMR told me that they were looking at this as a spreadable disease and not a type of cancer that just occurred when conditions were right.

      The articles kept getting worse about this mysterious disease that had 100% fatality.  The CDC didn't have the funds needed to track the spread or develop communicability vectors.  Margaret Hecklers Department of Health and Human Services told them to just track the vectors via the health care personnel who acquired it!

      Yes, WE were the guinea pigs of last resort.  Wait until the nurses, doctors, and medical staffs got sick and then figure out how it spread.  And we knew it, too, which is why so many left health care or used every preventative measure available (often gowning, gloving and masking to a ridiculous extent) to protect themselves from not just a disease, but from a government so hateful of the people that got sick that they were willing to throw us under the bus of life and death to avoid spending a dime on useful studies or remediation.

      Reagans tomb should have a wall listing every single person who died of AIDS.  They're victims of his callous hatred/tribalization/ideological warfare as is the epidemic that has emptied most countries wallets to care for past and current victims.

      Had Reagan funded the CDC to the levels necessary, vectors of communicability could have been determined much earlier, the virus identified earlier, and means of prevention and treatment developed earlier.  HHS should have mandated screening of blood to prevent hemophiliacs and transfusions recipients from receiving AIDS contaminated blood or blood products.  But they didn't until the people who started dying were people they knew and liked.

      The number of victims would have been greatly lower and AIDS would not be the massive worldwide threat it remains.

      Of course, even then, Republicans were dumb as a pile of rocks.  They believed that a contagious disease would only target and kill their enemies.  

      Disease doesn't behave like that.  Disease doesn't target groups.  It takes advantage of every opportunity to grow and spread.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 09:59:36 PM PST

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