NN: Unfortunate events in America

>> Foreclosures Mean Crises for H.I.V. Positive Renters, New York Times (Aug. 26)
Excerpt: “At least 50 H.I.V.-positive renters have complained to city housing organizations in the past months of being forced out or threatened with eviction because of foreclosures. The agencies say they do not know the exact number of families in housing trouble because there is no centralized system for tracking them, but all say that H.I.V.-positive renters are in a particular squeeze.”  The article notes that HIV-positive renters face health risks when faced with intense stress, difficulty affording adequate food (or heat to cook it after landlords shut down utilities), and discrimination in the housing market.  (Isn’t there a musical about this?  This is one of those times when you really don’t want life to imitate art.)

>> HIV/AIDS Groups Express Concern About Potential for New Antiretroviral Advertising To ‘Scare Off’ Patients, Kaiser Network (Aug. 25)
A Wall Street Journal article this week looked at what we might call ‘negative advertising’ among drug companies competing for HIV patients.  Several HIV/AIDS groups are protesting ads that they say try to win patients by scaring them about side effects of other medications.  (This is pretty sleazy.  Not surprising, given the basement-level standard of decency that often prevails in the pharma industry . . . but definitely sleazy.)

>> 8 States Cut From System That Tracks Rate of H.I.V., New York Times (Aug. 22)
The CDC has announced that Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico “will no longer receive federal money for an advanced H.I.V. monitoring system that showed that the annual infection rate in the nation was 40 percent higher than previously estimated.”  This will leave only 25 states using the system.  (Here’s an article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution discussing the loss of funding in Georgia.)

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~ by h.e.g. on August 26, 2008.

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