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According to HealthGap, a new study published in Lancet shows that treatment with anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) decreased likelihood of transmission of HV by 92%.

Despite this finding, the Obama Administration is failing to live up to it's promises to fully find HIV-AIDS prevention and treatment worldwide. Without more funding, millions of people will die, unnecessarily, from HIV-AIDS. In New York, Governor Patterson is threatening to veto a law providing housing assistance to people with AIDS.
According to HealthGap, a new study published in Lancet shows that treatment with anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) decreased likelihood of transmission of HV by 92%.

Despite this finding, the Obama Administration is failing to live up to it's promises to fully find HIV-AIDS prevention and treatment worldwide. Without more funding, millions of people will die, unnecessarily, from HIV-AIDS. In New York, Governor Patterson is threatening to veto a law providing housing assistance to people with AIDS.

Yet, there has not been much attention paid to these issues at the United States Social Forum in Detroit so far. I attended HealthGAP's workshop (about which more in a future post). Only five out of over 1000 workshops at the US Social Forum directly address the topic, according to HealthGAP activist, and these were not held in central locations. In response, HealthGAP organized a die-in at the end of the evening plenary session, with participants including several people with AIDS -- and me.

In order to leave the session, attendees of the plenary walked through our bodies, accepted leaflets about the issue, and signed petitions. There are additional HealthGAP actions planned for the rest of the week.

HealthGap Die-In #1 at US Social Forum 2010