The debate that pits AIDS funding against other global health funding (for maternal mortality, malaria, etc.) rages on. Just last week, a Boston Globe op-ed began by saying AIDS has received tens of billions, but chronic, non-communicable diseases like cancer are becoming more deadly, without a similar monetary commitment from the US---as if there should be some kind of trade off, with one getting less and another getting more.
NPR's Morning Edition recently reported on a visit to Capitol Hill by the Afghanistan Minister of Health Sayid Fatimie. This short report asked the question: should foreign aid for global health be viewed as a way of helping poor countries or should it serve foreign policy objectives?
The US government is very close to ending the discriminatory HIV Travel Ban, which prohibits people living with AIDS from entering the United States. Take action today by telling the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to end the HIV Travel Ban.
Last Friday, the House Appropriations Committee voted to include a provision lifting the ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs. The appropriations bill with this provision will appear before the entire House this week, and the Senate will likely vote on the bill next week.
We can no longer afford to waste time. With PEPFAR, we have made significant progress in global HIV prevention and treatment in heavily AIDS-burdened nations. Yet, we still live in a world where, for every 2 individuals treated for HIV, 5 more become infected.