Don’t Let HIV Patients Lose Medication

Target: Donald Trump, President of United States

Goal: Stop working to end HIV medication support in U.S. and abroad.

The Trump administration has worked to cut the government budget by cutting funding to essential programs. Programs like the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program are being forced to fight a $59-million funding cut proposed to the appropriations committee. While lowering the government budget sounds like a great idea, decreasing funding for essential programs such as these threatens catastrophic consequences.

For example, President Trump wishes to cut international funding for HIV/AIDS by 17 percent. This support offers medical treatment, care, and medications for those overseas with the disease. According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, even a 10-percent decrease in funding for treatment “could cost the lives of an additional 5.6 million people.”

Greg Gonsalves, professor of epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health, says, “Intelligence sources have suggested that the HIV epidemic, if allowed to run rampant, is a force that can destabilize entire countries and political systems. Treating HIV is not just about ‘charity,’ it’s about creating a more stable and integrated world.” The control of HIV lies most with the U.S. as its greatest source of funding for fighting the disease and providing HIV patients with the resources they need to live. Sign this petition demanding the president continue to fund HIV/AIDS support overseas and here in the United States.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Trump,

As the taxpayers of the budget that you propose annually to the Senate Appropriations Committee, we want to inform you that cutting any funding to essential HIV/AIDS programs is unacceptable. In fact, we are not doing enough and demand an increase in funding for the treatment of HIV/AIDS victims. Many improvements have been made medically and governmentally during the past decade, and we refuse to allow you to undo all of that progress. Your proposal to cut funds will cost the world an additional 5.6 million lives and could potentially create an epidemic far worse than we have seen with the disease.

Your proposal to cut the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program by $59 million would be catastrophic to patients with the disease. Between this cut and the healthcare reform proposed by you and the Republican Party, millions of people would be forced to go without treatment and without medication. This is unacceptable and does not speak to the American spirit of hope and prosperity. We, the undersigned, demand that funding for HIV/AIDS treatment, medication distribution, care, and research continue overseas and in the U.S.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. HIV may be helped by LDN which is less than $1 a day and no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO etc. Expensive medicine is not the answer.

  2. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop hiv. drugs can sometimes make them worse.

  3. Do not STOP HIV MEDICATION! It will only make many bad sitautions worse! You might not care, but I do! I lost one of my friends to HIV when he was 26 years old! At that time, people thought that you catch AIDS from just touching them. Do not turn history back to that time!

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