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07/20/2012

Homophobia hindered AIDS fight in '81, it hinders it in '12

by Jeremy Hooper

With anti-gay voices like Bryan Fischer pushing's AIDS denialism to the American Family Association's sizable (and receptive) audience, the Fenway Institute's Sean Cahill reminds us of one of the most crucial roadblocks in the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS. Read in full:

Screen Shot 2012-07-20 At 10.53.39 Am HIV/AIDS remains one of the biggest health issues that the U.S. is confronting today. Hundreds of millions of dollars in private and public funding go to combat the disease each year. But to be effective, far more must be allocated to the specific populations at greatest risk.

One reason we are falling short is that homophobia still channels HIV prevention funding away from the group that most needs it: gay men. We often hear about the changing face of AIDS. That the population now getting infected is disproportionately black and Latino. Black heterosexual women, we know, are particularly hard-hit.
Read more: Homophobia hinders AIDS fight [Politico]

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