Michael Emanuel Rajner

GMHC: HIV/AIDS Update on 2008 Presidential Candidates

Filed By Michael Emanuel Rajner | October 29, 2008 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, condoms, ENDA, GMHC, HIV/AIDS, John McCain, Medicare, presidential election, syringe exchange

Below, please find the updated 2008 Presidential Candidate Report from GMHC to help you understand the candidates positions on HIV/AIDS issues.

There are several other significant issues that are not addressed in the update below- such as the call for National AIDS Strategy, elimination of the 2-year waiting period for disabled individuals attempting to utilize Medicare benefits and more. For these issues, Senator Obama has provided far superior leadership. It is reported that within the first 100 days of soon to be President-elect Obama's administration, Congress will fast track legislation to eliminate the existing 2-year waiting period to utilize Medicare benefits for disabled individuals.

The full report after the jump.

For immediate release
October 28, 2008
Contact: Krishna Stone, 212-367-1016


New York, NY--Presidential nominees Barack Obama and John McCain, along with their respective Vice Presidential running mates, Joseph Biden and Sarah Palin, have sharply divergent records on HIV/AIDS, according to a revised report released today, "McCain-Palin vs. Obama-Biden on HIV/AIDS Issues," by Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), the nation's largest HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services organization.

Since releasing its initial report on the candidates in December 2007, GMHC has closely monitored what the candidates have said on HIV/AIDS issues throughout the summer, during the conventions, at the debates, as well as on the campaign trail.

Obama-Biden are supportive of the key domestic and global HIV/AIDS policy priorities of GMHC, while McCain-Palin are largely opposed. Specific contrasting issues highlighted in the report include:

Obama: Supports comprehensive sex education
McCain: Supports abstinence-only-until-marriage programs

Obama: Supports syringe exchange programs
McCain: Silent on syringe exchange programs

Obama: Supports Early Treatment for HIV Act
McCain: Opposes Early Treatment for HIV Act

Obama: Supports Employment Non-Discrimination Act
McCain: Opposes Employment Non-Non-Discrimination Act

Obama: Supports civil union for same-sex couple
McCain: Opposes recognition of same-sex relationships

Obama: Primary sponsor of Microbicide Development Act
McCain: Voted to involuntarily test people for HIV

Obama: Supports distribution of condoms in Prison
McCain: Voted to prevent people with HIV/AIDS from entering the country

The report can be located at http://www.gmhc.org/PDF/pres_report.pdf.

"This report provides keen insight into which direction this country will take in combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Incidence of HIV infection is on the rise, however that tide can once again be turned around with sound public policy," stated Dr. Marjorie J. Hill, Chief Executive Officer of Gay Men's Health Crisis. "The next President will have a great impact on the epidemic that will affect the health of millions of Americans, as well as a direction for the next generation."

This is a pivotal election year and much is at stake. The next President will direct the U.S. response to the domestic and global HIV/AIDS crisis for years to come.

One week from now we will choose the 44th President of the United States. We must ensure that his urgent priorities will include people living with HIV/AIDS and the ultimate goal of ending this devastating epidemic.

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Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS. We provide prevention and care services to 15,000 men, women and families, as well as advocate for evidence-based public health solutions for hundreds of thousands worldwide.

Our Mission: GMHC fights to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected.

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Thanks for posting this info, Michael...