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Stuffing the HIV/AIDs spending lie
Posted by: McQ on Friday, June 29, 2007

James Joyner, talking about a Hillary Clinton line concerning HIV spendng from last night's Democratic Presidential candidate panderfest, rips it to shreds.
“If H.I.V./AIDS were the leading cause of death of white women between the ages of 25 and 34, there would be an outraged outcry in this country.”

She continued, “If we don’t begin to take it seriously and address it the way we did back in the ‘90s, when it was primarily a gay men’s disease, we will never get the services and the public education that we need.”
The usually diplomatic Joyner spares no words concerning the Clinton claim:
These are superb applause lines, well targeted to her audience. The insinuations behind them, however, are damnable lies.
And he supports his assertion with factual evidence in the form of four charts. Have a look.
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McQ, you know better than to use facts...

For shame.
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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He leaves out the key indicator (and unfortunately, I don’t know the answer, though I can guess), which is, how much is spent on research for heart attacks (the leading cause of death among white males).
Written By: Sean
Heart disease kills the most, but the disesase that focuses only on males is prostate cancer. According to the CDC, there were 185,000 new cases in 2003 as opposed to about 37,000 new cases a year for AIDS. Does prostate cancer get five times the funding? Um, no.
Hillary mentioned white women. The disease that gets the most press for women is breast cancer. It has roughly the same number of new cases, but twice the funding of prostate cancer. Of couse, even breast cancer gets less than a billion per year for research. AIDS got about $3 Billion for research in 2006. If we treated AIDS like the most prominent diseases for white men or women, its budget would be slashed by 90%.

(I couldn’t find a total for heart disease, possible because of the vatiety of causes; diabetes, the nations #2 killer with 1.5 million cases and 225,000 deaths per year, got about $1.1 Billion for research in 2006)
Written By: Ted
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We just better hope there’s never a disease that primarily hits gay women. Folks like Hillary would insist that it be allocated more funding than all other diseases put together.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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We just better hope there’s never a disease that primarily hits gay women. Folks like Hillary would insist that it be allocated more funding than all other diseases put together.
Gay minority women...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Gay minority women...

Or left-handed gay minority women...
Written By: Liberty Dog

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