The findings by these non-profits that Americans want more money spent on HIV/AIDS are absolute nonsense and clearly don't reflect the views of informed citizens who are not HIV activists, including those in the African-American communities which are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Palm Desert, CA (PRWEB) July 14, 2009
The President and CEO of the FAIR Foundation, Dr. Richard Darling, DDS, is publicly denouncing research studies by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Public Agenda which conclude that Americans want more money spent on HIV/AIDS.
Darling, a past National Public Citizen of the Year (NASW) and three-time liver transplant recipient, states, "The findings by these non-profits that Americans want more money spent on HIV/AIDS are absolute nonsense and clearly don't reflect the views of informed citizens who are not HIV activists, including those in the African-American communities which are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS."
Darling asks, "Did these studies inform any of those interviewed that our government is spending $2,774 per patient in research on behalf of the one million HIV/AIDS patients while at the same time spending less than $200 on behalf of over 100 million patients with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, prostate cancer, 6,000 rare diseases or hepatitis C, which kills more AIDS patients than AIDS does? Clearly not."
Darling continued, "Did Kaiser or Public Agenda notify those whom they interviewed that our government has spent or budgeted almost one-third of a Trillion dollars on HIV/AIDS, which is easily preventable, since its onset in 1981 and that there is only one patient group--AIDS patients--that has received billions of dollars to help with housing expenses at the Department of Health and Human Services HOPWA program (Housing Opportunities for Patients with AIDS)? Clearly not."
"When our organization exhibits throughout America at large conventions a new member joins FAIR, on average, every 1.5 minutes for 7 hours expressing anger and disgust at the favoritism afforded HIV/AIDS in funding in comparison to the funding being received for their disease."
FAIR points out that in addition to the exorbitant federal funding, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent approximately $7 billion on global HIV, TB & malaria efforts and billions of additional dollars have been spent on behalf of HIV patients by the collective efforts of pharmaceutical companies, Hollywood AIDS activists and non-profit organizations such as amfAR (American Federation for AIDS Research).
Darling contends that few citizens interviewed would have chosen to spend more money on HIV disease had Kaiser and Public Agenda informed their subjects of these facts and quoted America's top HIV researcher and the man who oversees the $2.9 billion HIV budget, Anthony Fauci, MD, who stated on CNN, "...the scientific advancements that have been made in HIV (research) are breathtaking (with) highly effective drugs to suppress HIV to the point where what was a death sentence in the early eighties to now having patients who look and feel well, who are leading very productive, very gratifying lives..." Darling adds, "Public Agenda's conclusion that there has never been a serious effort to combat the disease is absurd and a clear insult to Dr. Fauci's successful work and to Congress which funds billions in HIV expenditures annually."
Fauci's statements are verified by the fact that HIV/AIDS deaths have plummeted over 90 percent in many states including a 98 percent decline in the rate of newly-infected patient deaths in California from 9,802 in 1992 to 176 last year.
FAIR also contends the study by Public Agenda was clearly biased in that it was funded by an AIDS group, was prepared for an AIDS organization (the NASCC), used input from HIV/AIDS "experts" as well as 13 telephone interviews with people who work on various HIV/AIDS issues. FAIR also notes that the Kaiser Family Foundation readily admits on its "About us" web page that they focus on HIV/AIDS.
The studies by Kaiser and Public Agenda also suggest that the stigma associated with HIV infection is partially responsible for the new HIV infections each year. Darling responds, "It's not the stigma causing infections; it's the lack of responsibility by infected patients, their partners or IV drug users who do not employ prevention methods that will eliminate the transmission of body fluids or blood. Indeed, HIV/AIDS is preventable. This is accomplished easily and cheaply with the purchase of a condom or other protective barrier and the use of clean syringes. The attempted use of stigma as a contributory factor in HIV infections is an attempt to shift the discussion from the real cause which is the absence of responsible behavior."
The FAIR Foundation is a national organization with thousands of members and millions of supporters in all fifty states. Its 26-member Board of Directors includes many eminent transplant surgeons, medical directors, dentists, pharmacists and patient advocates. FAIR's mission statements are fair and equitable bio-medical research funding for all maladies without favoritism for HIV/AIDS and new organ-donor policies to replace the sole reliance on altruism that has failed to reverse the organ-donor crisis in America. FAIR has no paid employees and citizens who endorse FAIR's goals and who wish to join FAIR's efforts may do so without charge at http://www.fairfoundation.org .