STOP BUSH'S WAR ON HIV PREVENTION

Are you fed up with the Bush Administration's attack on HIV prevention? Fed up with witch-hunts and censorship of prevention programs that serve gay people and drug users? Fed up with years of flat funding of HIV prevention while new HIV infections are on the rise?

FIGHT FOR A CHANGE

Science and public health should rule prevention programs, not the political whims of the religious reactionaries who Bush answers to. We are fed up with HIV prevention policies that endanger our young people, our loved ones, our families, and our communities

PROTEST THURSDAY, August 7th, 2003 at 1:30 PM in Washington, D.C.

Demonstrate against Bush's HIV prevention policies outside the meeting of President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) at 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC. PACHA will be hearing from officials from the Centers for Disease Control about the Bush Administration's new prevention programs, and making recommendations to Bush. Let's bring our message to Bush: STOP THE WAR ON HIV PREVENTION!

For those of you who can't come to Washington, DC with us, please do this to support and contribute to the campaign!

Call the White House This Week

Urge President Bush to STOP THE CUTS in Domestic HIV prevention programs!

Despite retaining an oft touted Centers for Disease Control Commitment to halving the rate of new HIV infections in the United States, New data released indicates that the number of new infections preliminarily appear to be increasing in the face of ACTUAL REAL NUMBER CUTS in proposed outlays to combat the spread of the epidemic ! Indeed, the only programs slated for increases are ideologically driven, scientifically unproven Abstinence Only Until Marriage programs which disenfranchise great swaths of our young people !

Activists are staging a protest on Thursday, August 7, 2003 outside the Hubert Humphrey building in Washington, DC as the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS meets to consider several wrong headed proposals that have the potential to do real harm to the way HIV Prevention is conducted in this country.

Please help in emphasizing this protest by calling the White House and reminding them that REAL HIV PREVENTION DOES, INDEED, SAVE LIVES !!!!

Anytime this week, starting tomorrow, August 7th, 2003, Call the White House comment line, (202) 456-1111, and follow the prompts to reach a real person. Use the sample message below to help craft your message:

Sample Message:

"My name is ______ and I'm calling from (city, state). I am calling to urge
President Bush to stop the attacks on community based HIV prevention
providers and to commit at least $1 Billion this year for domestic HIV
prevention programs and to let science guide the design of new
interventions to stop the spread of HIV."
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AIDS Activists Jeer Senior Bush Health Official
Wed July 30, 2003    By Paul Simao, Reuters

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The Bush administration's second-ranking health official on Wednesday advocated making abstinence a key pillar of HIV prevention programs for young Americans, prompting sharp criticism from AIDS activists.

"Encouraging young people and young adults to abstain is the only appropriate initial strategy," Claude Allen, deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, told delegates at the end of the 2003 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta.

"Delaying sexual debut is the first message they should hear," said Allen, a leading proponent of abstinence-only sex education and a former aide to conservative icon and former North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms.

While acknowledging that condoms could sometimes stop the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and other sexually transmitted diseases, Allen said their use should not take priority over messages that stressed abstinence and monogamy to young people.

Allen's comments prompted jeers from hundreds of activists at the conference in Atlanta and came just days after the federal government reported that the number of AIDS cases had risen in 2002 for the first time in nearly a decade.

An estimated 850,000 to 950,000 Americans have the AIDS virus. AIDS killed 16,371 people across the nation last year.

"Allowing Claude Allen, a man with such hostile viewpoints on the basic tenets of HIV prevention, to close the conference speaks volumes about the Bush administration's true agenda on these issues," said Terje Anderson, executive director of the National Association of People with AIDS.

Many activists have criticized the White House for adopting a new AIDS prevention strategy in April that they say is skewed toward programs that focus on testing and counseling people who already have the disease.

Anderson and others fear that the new approach could cut funding for many community-based programs that emphasize condom use and other safe-sex practices for those not infected with the disease.

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AIDS Activists 'Frustrated' with CDC's New HIV Prevention Efforts

Associated Press, July 30, 2003   by Daniel Yee

Tuesday in Atlanta, about 250 activists gathered after sessions at CDC's National HIV Prevention Conference to criticize the agency's new HIV prevention efforts. Some advocated talking to elected officials and working with government agencies, such as CDC. Others, veterans of protests at CDC headquarters in the 1980s, said they would return to the agency's gates if they had to.

"The [AIDS] community feels that we have rolled back to the era of Ronald Reagan when the government ignored this epidemic and did not talk to the people most affected by this disease," said David Harvey of the AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families. Activists said that, unlike in previous years, CDC did not seek the input of HIV/AIDS groups in creating its new initiative. That effort, launched in April by CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding, focuses on preventing HIV patients from infecting others. Activists fear that money will be taken from their programs for the new effort, which they think will overlook many at risk of contracting HIV.

Activists also criticized the way they have been handled during the conference, saying that police walked the aisles of plenary sessions and that CDC did not provide microphones and limited activist comment during a Monday session on the new initiative. Activists said the federal plan retreats from counseling and risk-reduction services like outreach and condom distribution.

 

THOUSANDS PROTEST ABSTINENCE-ONLY HHS OFFICIAL
SENT TO SPEAK AT NATIONAL HIV PREVENTION CONFERENCE

Researcher David Holtgrave calls flat funding "public health malpractice"

ATLANTA, July 30, 2003 -- Claude Allen, deputy secretary of Health and Human Services, was met with silent protest when thousands of participants at the 2003 National HIV Prevention Conference stood and held signs bearing the words "STOP THE WAR ON HIV PREVENTION." Allen, a widely known opponent of comprehensive HIV prevention, spoke at the closing session of the conference, in the place of CDC director Julie Gerberding. Once the press secretary to Sen. Jesse Helms, Allen has been nominated to a federal judgeship. After the audience respectfully listened to him, his remarks were met with widespread booing and hissing.

"Allowing Claude Allen -- a man with such hostile viewpoints on the basic tenets of HIV prevention -- to close the conference speaks volumes about the Bush administration's true agenda on these issues," said Terje Anderson, executive director of the National Association of People with AIDS.

The audience reaction was the latest response to dramatic changes announced by the CDC regarding its priorities for prevention approaches and funding. "It's a shame that we have to go to such lengths to get the attention of our government and for our perspective to be heard," said Gene Copello, executive director of Florida AIDS Action. "But after three days of workshops extolling the importance of community involvement in HIV prevention, the CDC still wasn't willing to include us in the most important decisions made about HIV and our communities."

Ronald Johnson, GMHC's associate executive director, said, "When 70 percent of new HIV infections in the country are among people of color, it's more important than ever to empower those most at risk to decide what will work and how it will be implemented."

David Ernesto Munar, AIDS Foundation of Chicago's associate director, said, "It's vital to continue to challenge inadequate levels of federal funding, censorship of prevention research and the government's continued attacks on access to condoms, needle exchange and other effective prevention strategies. We just can't let Claude Allen have the last word."

Before Allen's speech, David Holtgrave of Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, called the failure to fully fund prevention and follow best prevention practice "public health malpractice." Citing the CDC's own data in support of community-level intervention, Holtgrave said, "We have values statements that are sometimes crowding out science. We need to use the science that is available." He received a standing ovation from the crowd.

"Now more than ever, we need courageous people like David Holtgrave to come forward and speak the truth about the cost to the nation and our lives if we don't fully fund HIV prevention," said Keith Cylar, co-president of Housing Works.

"The depth of anger seen today makes it clear that people across the country are frustrated and also ready to further mobilize," said Shana Krochmal, communications director of the STOP AIDS Project. "Narrow political agendas are still being allowed to trump science by the best and the brightest in prevention."

This latest response by participants was the culmination of three days of community mobilization, including:

A meeting held Tuesday night, when more than 250 people packed into a room in the basement of the conference hotel, spilling out into the hall and the exits, and speaking out about the impact of federal AIDS policies on their communities.

Thousands of participants cheered and government officials were shocked when invited speakers at the opening session challenged changes in prevention policies. Delegates from around the country wore colorful stickers and badges during the week: "Condoms are not weapons of mass destruction," "Don't blame positive people," "Censorship is not research," "Real funding saves lives, flat funding kills.

On-site contacts:  
Terje Anderson, NAPWA, 202.258.7110   
Gene Copello, Florida AIDS Action, 813.390.5514   
Ronald Johnson, GMHC, 917.838.9020   
David Ernesto Munar, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, 773.860.5251   
Shana Krochmal, STOP AIDS Project, 415.786.9156   
Keith Cylar, Housing Words, 917.921.6458   
Julie Davids, CHAMP, 267.475.2680    
Walt Senterfit, Being Alive, 404.285.4132

 

 

Bush Report Card July '03  (pdf)

 

The Bush administration is actively seeking to gag or punish social service organizations that challenge the party line on such matters as health care and HIV prevention, according to a new report. Nonprofits that disagree with the president's own solutions, or go further and blame him for problems in the first place, have come to expect unpleasant consequences. Those might include audits of federal-funds spending and reviews of content, such as workshop literature. If you disagree with the administration on ideological grounds, they're going to come down with a hammer. Under George W. Bush, oversight has quietly morphed into ideologically motivated intimidation and censorship, according to OMB Watch's review of some dozen specific conflicts.

In perhaps the clearest example of the report's claims of squashed dissent, Bush's Health and Human Services Department (HHS) threatened advocates. HHS began its apparent policing of protest a year earlier, when it audited over a dozen AIDS service organizations after they publicly shamed the administration at a July 2002 AIDS conference in Barcelona. There, U.S.-based advocates accused the Bush administration of cheaping out on HIV prevention and, during HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson's closely watched speech, heckled so forcefully as to drown out his entire address. Conservative members of Congress immediately demanded that HHS review the nonprofits' spending of federal funds in Spain. HHS complied. Thompson's deputy, Claude Allen, told The Washington Post at the time that advocacy groups "need to think twice before preventing a Cabinet-level official from bringing a message of hope to an international forum."

read more:  download pdf paper

http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0332/lee.php
http://www.ombwatch.org/article/articleview/1706/1/41

Top ten things you need to know
  about current domestic HIV prevention policy

1. The Bush administration continues to propose flat-funding or budget cuts for many essential, lifesaving domestic AIDS programs.

2. NIH researchers report that they've been pressured to avoid research proposals that use such terms as "sex workers" or "men who have sex with men" or risk losing funding.

3. After being pressured by conservative Members of Congress, CDC director Julie Gerberding reversed her earlier support for San Francisco's Stop AIDS Project and announced that the CDC would change the process used for community reviews of HIV prevention materials.

4. Under pressure from senior administration officials and Congress, the CDC has decided to redirect funds from scientifically-proven behavioral interventions to programs that emphasize linking testing to treatment, despite no additional funding on the horizon for care or medications.

5. Despite an increasing emphasis on targeting HIV positive people for prevention, the CDC has never held a formal prevention consultation with people with HIV.

6. Many of effective, community-based behavioral interventions presented at this conference will not be eligible for direct funding under the CDC's new Prevention Initiative.

7. During repeated requests, CDC officials have repeatedly refused to provide concrete figures regarding redistribution or elimination of National Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative funds.

8. The White House called for nearly two-thirds more funding for unproven abstinence-only until marriage programs. Claude Allen, the former press secretary to Jesse Helms and the number two person at HHS, has promoted an abstinence-only, anti-condom agenda. He has recently been nominated to the federal bench by President Bush.

9. The White House's Office of National AIDS Policy has said that the administration will never even consider lifting the ban on federal funding for needle-exchange programs, despite multiple federal studies proving that they work to reduce HIV transmission without increasing drug use.

10. The Bush Administration has used federal audits to harass and intimidate organizations serving communities of color and gay/bisexual men.

 

Late-Breaking News:

In Newsday's July 28, 2003 edition, Laurie Garrett reported:  "More than 500 scientists working on AIDS and other infectious diseases learned recently that their federal grants are being reduced so that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases can meet a White House mandate to come up with a new anthrax vaccine. The move is unprecedented in the 116-year history of the National Institutes of Health, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as the collection of 27 research institutes has never been ordered to carry out a major applied science program -- in this case, making a vaccine. And, Fauci said, the NIH has never been told to come up with funds to pay for a White House-mandated effort in lieu of additional funding."

    download this fact sheet and protest sign

Stop the War on HIV Prevention  (pdf)

see also:

Bush Administration's Promotion of Ideology Over Science

 


July 26, 2003

AIDS prevention groups fear U.S. funding cuts   

Sabin Russell,  Medical Writer  San Francisco Chronicle

On the eve of a national AIDS meeting in Atlanta, community groups involved in AIDS prevention programs since the epidemic's early days fear that the Bush administration is preparing to yank their funding in favor of a new approach.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- which is sponsoring the conference that starts Sunday -- has been overhauling its strategy, which for nearly two decades has relied on educating the uninfected on how to avoid getting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

The new HIV prevention initiative will focus on those who already are positive. A major push will be to test the estimated 180,000 to 280,000 Americans who are infected by the AIDS virus but don't know it.

Community groups that have provided the older programs fear they are going to come up short. Without federal money, they will be forced to seek local funds, at a time when there is little local money to go around.

"There is no question about it. The CDC is changing its funding priorities, " said Steven Tierney, director of HIV prevention for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. "This will definitely result in some of these organizations getting less money or money for different purposes."

Most of the organizations affected have a clientele of hard-to-reach minorities, such as gay blacks, Asians or Latinos.

"When there are budget shortfalls, these are the programs that are hit first. And it's no surprise that they are organizations serving people of color," said Carlos Velazquez, director of HIV programs for LLEGO, the National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Organization, during a community forum in San Francisco this week.

Armed with a new AIDS test that can produce results in 20 minutes, the CDC plans to enlist doctors to play a bigger role in offering the test and providing guidance to those who test positive. There will be renewed emphasis on persuading the newly diagnosed to identify their sexual partners, so they, too, can be tested.

The core logic of this medical approach to HIV prevention, as outlined by CDC prevention director Dr. Robert Janssen, is that "persons who are aware of their HIV infection tend to reduce behaviors that might transmit HIV to others.

The goal is to reduce transmission."

Tom Coates, who is leaving his post next week as director of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute, said there are strong arguments in favor of the new medical model focusing on testing and changing behavior of HIV-positive people.

"If you can get an HIV-positive person to stop spreading the virus, you get more bang for the buck," he said.

The goal of curbing infections, he said, is more important than any one AIDS organization staying in business. "We have to be gutsy enough to be asking if these programs are working and whether they should be funded," he said.

At the same time, Coates questions whether it makes sense to expand HIV testing when programs that help the uninsured pay for AIDS drugs, such as Medicaid and the federal AIDS Drug Assistance Monitoring Project, are suffering significant shortfalls in the Bush administration's new budget.

Eduardo Morales, a psychologist who is executive director of Aguilas, an HIV prevention program for gay Latinos in San Francisco, said the new CDC strategy will harm programs like his that help the groups with the highest infection rates.

"There is no evidence to show that testing alone will reduce HIV infection rates," he said. "It's more complex than that."

At risk for Aguilas is its annual CDC grant of $224,000, which represents 40 percent of its budget. The program offers 50 different programs and workshops. They range from yoga for stress reduction, to teaching men skills on how to negotiate safer sex with a partner, to basics on how to put on a condom.

Six organizations, including Aguilas, are at risk in San Francisco alone. They include the Black Coalition on AIDS, the IRIS Project, the ARC Refuge, the Health Initiatives for Youth, the Stop AIDS project, and the Asian & Pacific Islanders Wellness Center.

E-mail Sabin Russell at  srussell@sfchronicle.com


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 8/3/03

Public health tailored to Bush line, critics charge CDC defends faith-based role on abstinence

By DAVID WAHLBERG0
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When CDC director Dr. Julie Gerberding presented a check for abstinence education to Metro Atlanta Youth for Christ last month, she reignited a debate over whether politics is trampling on public health.

Gerberding's endorsement of an abstinence-only program for at-risk teens -- she handed the Decatur-based religious organization an oversize check for $363,936 and praised its goals -- is the latest example of social conservatives in the Bush administration interfering with medical science, some say.

Officials of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the agency is merely supporting abstinence as one component of sex education.

But critics also cite letters from the CDC last month threatening to pull funding from HIV programs in San Francisco that "appear to encourage or promote sexual activity" and researchers' claims that they have been told to avoid sensitive language such as "gay" and "sex worker" in grant applications.

'Political element'

They also point to changes in information about condoms and abortion on Web sites of the CDC and the National Cancer Institute and transformations in the membership of scientific advisory committees that bring them more in line with the views of President Bush's supporters.

"Public health always has a political element," said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. "But we're moving from science with a big 's' and politics with a small 'p' to science with a small 's' and politics with a big 'p.'"

Department of Health and Human Services officials say they are presenting all sides of medical topics and that shifts in viewpoint are typical after changes in administration.

"If you asked any taxpayer, they would say balance is good," said Health and Human Services spokesman Bill Pierce.

Critics say Gerberding's visit to Metro Atlanta Youth for Christ is evidence that politics are undermining public health. The CDC -- part of Health and Human Services -- has long joined other institutions in calling for sex education approaches that include abstinence and monogamy as well as the use of condoms and other contraceptives for people who are sexually active.

"I'm concerned that this administration is legislating a particular view of morality rather than doing public health," said Tamara Kreinin, president of the New York-based Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.

The check Gerberding gave out is part of a community-based abstinence education program started by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson in 2001. Grants are awarded to public and private agencies, including faith-based organizations.

Marriage the standard

According to Health and Human Services, the groups must agree to teach that "a mutually faithful, monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is the expected standard of human sexual activity" and that sex outside of marriage "is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects," among other points. They are not allowed to talk about condoms.

After awarding $20 million in 2001 and $40 million in 2002 for the programs=
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Thompson plans to give out $55 million this year and is hoping for $73 million next year.

Combined with other efforts, the grants are part of the Bush administration's goal of spending $135 million a year on abstinence-only education.

Awardees can't legally promote religion, but they often find ways to deliver Christian messages, said Louise Melling, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Freedom Project. The ACLU successfully sued the state of Louisiana last year to block funding of an abstinence program that included skits with Jesus as a character and featured a chastity curriculum titled "God's Gift of Life."

"In some of these organizations, the dollars are used to preach," Melling said.

Kreinin, the sexuality council leader, said the abstinence-only programs may harm teens who are gay or lesbian, victims of sexual abuse or living in nontraditional households, so the very structure of their lives is being invalidated.

"It concerns me that the CDC would endorse a program that uses fear and shame to educate young people," Kreinin said.

CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said Gerberding presented the grant to Metro Atlanta Youth for Christ on behalf of Bush and Thompson. But "she's supportive of the work they're doing," he said. It "represents the very work that goes on as part of a comprehensive approach to sex education."

Rockdale Hospital and Health System in Conyers received $177,809 and the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta received $436,000 in the same round of
grants. Both institutions will fund abstinence-only programs in public schools.

Metro Atlanta Youth for Christ will use the money to expand a program in which teen parents counsel at-risk youths about abstinence, said Larry Anderson, the agency's executive director. He said the effort is needed to balance other programs that focus on condoms.

"Kids are a lot stronger and more able to say no than we give them credit for," Anderson said. "I know very few kids who have learned to say no to anything and have been hurt by it."

The CDC's June 13 letters to the Stop AIDS Project in San Francisco and the city's health department also have renewed charges that the government is stifling public health.

The letters, sent after Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) complained to the CDC, warned that funding would be cut for HIV programs that seem to promote sexual activity.

The agency singled out three Stop AIDS workshops: a discussion of oral sex, tips "for safe and friendly relations with escorts," and a talk about anal sex called "Bootylicious."

Souder is using the CDC to harass Stop AIDS, said David Evans, the project's program director. He said the CDC has long supported HIV prevention messages tailored to local communities.

In the "hypersexualized" world of gay San Francisco, Evans said, "if we have workshops that are vanilla, people don't come."

Roland Foster, a Souder aide, said increasing rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases in San Francisco suggest that the Stop AIDS approaches are not effective. "We've seen no proof that they work," he said.

The CDC's Skinner said the Stop AIDS workshops violated a public health law that forbids funding for programs that encourage sexual activity.

Tiptoeing around

Meanwhile The New York Times, quoting mostly unnamed sources, reported in April that the National Institutes of Health was quietly advising scientists
seeking funding for research on AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases to use euphemistic terms instead of words such as "gay," "sex worker" and "needle exchange."

Last fall, a CDC Web site that said condoms were "highly effective" in preventing HIV was altered to include an introduction containing more neutral language, stating that condoms "can reduce the risk of STD transmission. However, no protective method is 100 percent effective, and condom use cannot guarantee absolute protection against any STD."

The CDC said it updated the site with the latest research.

The National Cancer Institute, which had maintained that there were no data linking abortion and breast cancer, changed its Web site last fall to say the evidence was inconclusive, leading to charges that the Bush administration was giving in to abortion opponents.

After a scientific conference this year, the institute adopted a new statement saying women with abortions have the same risk for breast cancer as other women.

After Bush took office, the makeup of government advisory committees on AIDS, environmental health and other issues was shifted to reflect the administration's views, critics also have alleged.

"Actions directly affecting the public are being driven by ideology rather than by science," Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and other Democrats wrote to Thompson last year in a letter about the committee changes.

Skinner said science comes before politics and that the CDC regards its three core values -- accountability, respect and integrity -- as paramount.

Pierce, the Health and Human Services spokesman, said Thompson had merely exercised his authority to appoint new members to advisory committees, as his predecessors had done.

Bush Administration's Promotion of Ideology Over Science


initiating a fax / e-mail / letter campaign to the CDC

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Take Action!   Call for Support: HIV Funding Threatened

Join LLEGÓ in Speaking Out for Direct Funding for HIV Prevention for Minority Community-Based Organizations
 
Urge the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Advancing HIV Prevention (AHP) Initiative to continue funding to support primary HIV prevention and behavioral risk-reduction programs for communities of color and gay men of color (GMOC).

Minority community-based organizations stand to lose direct federal funding for primary HIV prevention activities targeting uninfected high-risk populations and will have limited access to local and state funding in this era of budgetary shortfalls. (Read our Policy Statement and Response to the CDC)

LLEGÓ is seeking organizational and individual endorsements in support of its position statement.  We are asking community-based organizations, community leaders, activists and allies to complete the attached form and pledge your support for our efforts to address the disparities in HIV prevention that the CDC has created.

We are also initiating a fax/e-mail/letter campaign to the CDC.
http://ga0.org/campaign/callforsupport

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Send this letter to:

       Harold Jaffe, M.D., Director NCHSTP  
       Julie Gerberding, M.D. MPH, Director of CDC
       Robert Janssen, M.D., Division Director, DHAP, NCHSTP

        or EDIT your own version on-line:

I am writing to express my grave concerns regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC)initiative, "Advancing HIV Prevention (AHP): New Strategies for a Changing Epidemic-United States 2003."

In light of the severe impact of the HIV epidemic on Latino/a communities and other communities of color, it is critical that funding continue and expand for prevention services targeted specifically towards gay men of color (GMOC).

The plans the CDC has underway to implement the AHP initiative will have far-reaching adverse implications for HIV prevention, particularly in communities of color, and will have an substantial impact on the funding and program direction of minority community based organizations (CBOs) currently funded directly by the CDC and on minority capacity-building assistance (CBA) providers. I am also gravely concerned about the implications of the AHP initiative for the prevention infrastructure of Latino and other minority LGBT organizations serving the severely impacted members of our communities.

I oppose this radical policy shift in HIV prevention and insist that the CDC take a comprehensive approach that includes individual, group and community level intervention strategies to keep individuals at increased risk of acquiring HIV--namely people of color including women, youth, men who have sex with men and injection drug users--from becoming infected, in addition to HIV testing and prevention services for people with HIV. By focusing on prevention for positive individuals, the AHP initiative will contribute the HIV-related stigma experienced by people living with HIV, while further reducing willingness to get tested.

In addition to seeking additional funding for the new prevention components, the CDC should phase in the AHP initiative and allow sufficient time and resources to plan, and help prepare CBA providers and CBOs to ensure their capacity to incorporate the new components of HIV testing and prevention for positives to existing prevention programs. This step is essential to prevent the potential destabilization of existing minority-based CBOs. These programs are key components of HIV prevention strategies, and contribute to the reduction of HIV in communities of color.

We insist that the CDC take the time to ensure that the concerns of key stakeholders are taken into account by holding accessible consultations with people of color, people living with HIV, minority CBOs and CBA providers. This will assure that the components and strategies of the prevention initiative are comprehensive and that the shifts in funding do not undermine existing prevention services and infrastructure in minority communities.

I urge you to carefully consider my concerns and misgivings regarding the planning, implementation, and impact of the Advancing HIV Prevention Initiative on ethnic and racial minority communities and the minority organizations that serve them. I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

    [your name]

on-line letter


Groups at risk of losing CDC funding, by state  [from the CDC]

Associated Press - Saturday, July 26, 2003

The following community-based organizations receive some portion of their budgets directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to run HIV prevention programs. The groups must change the focus of their programs or risk losing their CDC money.

ALASKA

Alaska Native Health Board

ALABAMA

Birmingham Health Care for the Homeless

ARIZONA

Native American Community Health Center
Arizona Opportunities Industrialization
The Ebony House

CALIFORNIA

Prototypes
Joint Efforts
Altamed Health Services Corporation
Clinica Para Las Americas
T.H.E. Clinic
Asian Health Services
La Clinica De La Raza Fruitvale Health Project
Stop Aids Project.
Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center
Health Initiatives for Youth
Foothill Aids Project
Asian Pacific Health Care Venture
Bienestar Human Services
Minority AIDS Project
Pittsburg Preschool & Community Council
Family Health Centers of San Diego
The Wall Las Memorias
Center for Social Services
Special Service for Groups
National Native American AIDS Prevention Center
African American AIDS Support Services
Black Coalition on AIDS
Aguilas
California Prostitute Education Project
Iris Center
Unity Fellowship Church - Los Angeles
The Ark of Refuge

COLORADO

Mi Casa Resource Center for Women
People of Color Consortium Against AIDS

CONNECTICUT

Latinos/as Contra Sida
GBAPP
AIDS Interfaith Network

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Sasha Bruce Youthwork
National Organization of Concerned Black Men
Whitman-Walker Clinic
Family & Medical Counseling Services
Us Helping Us
La Clinica Del Pueblo, Inc.
LLEGO
Metro Teenaids Jubilee Center
Regional Addiction Prevention
Safe Haven Outreach Ministry
National Black Alcohol & Addictions Council

FLORIDA

Broward House
Camillus Health Concern
Work America
Miami Beach Community Health Center
Miracle of Love
Comprehensive Aids Program of Palm Beach
Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan.
Farmworker Association of Florida
Glades Health Initiative
Positive Images of Broward County
Miracle of Love
People of Color AIDS Coalition
Northwest Behavioral Health Service
   Movers
Center for Haitian Studies
Lock Towns Community Mental Health Center
Work America
Greater Bethel AME Church
Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church

GEORGIA

St. Joseph's Mercy Care Services
AIDS Education & Services for Minorities
National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities
Our Common Welfare
Aid Atlanta
Stand
AIDS Education & Services for Minorities
Health Outreach Project
Our Common Welfare
The Dekalb Prevention Alliance
The Interdenominational Theological Center
Sisterlove

IOWA

Winnebago Service Area Healthy Start

ILLINOIS
South Side Help Center
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
Chicago Women's AIDS Project
Better Existence With HIV
Roseland Christian Health Ministries
Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation
Access Community Health Network
Greater Chicago Committee
Westside Holistic Family Services

INDIANA

Indiana Minority Health Coalition

KENTUCKY

The Lincoln Foundation

LOUISIANA

Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center
Great Expectations Foundation
No/AIDS Task Force
Excelth
Brotherhood

MASSACHUSETTS

Action for Boston Community Development
Latino Health Institute
Whittier Street Health Center
The Multicultural AIDS Coalition
WEATOC

MARYLAND

Sisters Together and Reaching
Ecumenical AIDS Resource Service
Health Education Resource Organization
Black Women's Health Council
Baltimore Prevention Coalition
Northwest Baltimore Corporation
Black Educational AIDS Project
Sacred Zion Church

MICHIGAN

Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
Your Center/Metropolitan Housing Corp.
Migrant Health Promotion
Community Health Awareness Group
Community Health Outreach Workers
Midwest AIDS Prevention Project
Men of Color, Play It Safe
The Detroit Unity Association

MINNESOTA

Indigenous Peoples Task Force
Access Works
Women With a Point

MISSOURI
Kansas City Free Health Clinic
Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS

MISSISSIPPI

Building Bridges
Jackson State University
New Life Ministry

MONTANA

Missoula AIDS Fund

NORTH CAROLINA

Sickle Cell Disease Association of the Piedmont
Operation Sickle Cell

NEW JERSEY

Isaiah House
Proceed
The Chai Project
Special Audiences
Horizon Health Center
North Jersey AIDS Alliance
Liberation in Truth, Unity Fellowship Church

NEW MEXICO

People of Color AIDS Foundation

NEW YORK

Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood
New York Harm Reduction Educators
Life Force: Women Fighting AIDS
William F. Ryan Community Health Center
Settlement Health and Medical Services
Latino Commission on AIDS
AIDS Service Center of Lower Manhattan
The Women's Prison Association
   Exponents
Gay Men of African Descent
Iris House
Planned Parenthood of New York City
Partnership Homeless Services
Reality House
Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on AIDS
Housing Works
Bronx AIDS Services
Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center
Latino Commission on AIDS
Hispanic AIDS Forum
African Services Committee
Vida Family Services
Foundation for Research on Sexually Transmitted    Diseases
Anthony L. Jordan Health Center
The Miracle Makers
Interfaith Medical Center
Harlem Directors Group
Unity Fellowship Breaking Ground
People of Color in Crisis
Harlem United Community AIDS Center
Association. for Drug Abuse Prevention & Treatment
Life Force: Women Fighting AIDS
Brownsville Community Development Corp.
Vannguard Urban Improvement Assn.
Harlem United Community AIDS Center
African Services Committee
The Balm in Gilead
Harlem Congregations/Community Improvement

OHIO

Community Action Against Addiction

OKLAHOMA

Planned Parenthood of Arkansas
Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City

PENNSYLVANIA

Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs-Yocap
To Our Children's Future With Health
Philadelphia Community Health Alternatives
Family Planning Council
Positive Effect Outreach Ministry
The Colours Organization, Inc.
Women's Christian Alliance

RHODE ISLAND

Urban League of Rhode Island

SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina African American HIV/AIDS Council

TENNESEE

New Directions
Women on Maintaining Education & Nutrition

TEXAS

Renaissance III
Planned Parenthood Center of El Paso
NAACP
Montrose Clinic
Joven
East Dallas Counseling Center
Wam Foundation
Houston Area Community Services
Hope Action Care
US- Mexico Border Health Association
Association for the Advancement of Mexican-Americans
Beat-AIDS
Human Services Network
Bread of Life
Families Under Urban & Social Attack

VIRGINIA

Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry

VERMONT

Hilltop Light Ministries

WASHINGTON

People of Color Against AIDS Network
Spokane AIDS Network

WISCONSIN

Center for Child and Family Services
16th Street Community Health Center


SOURCE: CDC

 

 

 

download this fact sheet and protest sign
Stop the War on HIV Prevention  (pdf)
.

2003 HIV Prevention Conference reports via Kaiser Network.Org

   see also

Bush Administration's Promotion of Ideology Over Science

 

 



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