"In May, 2002, Jerome Mitchell, a 17-year old college freshman from rural South Carolina, learned he had contracted HIV. The news, of course, was devastating, but Mitchell believed that he had one thing going for him: On his own initiative, in anticipation of his first year in college, he had purchased his own health insurance
. Shortly after his diagnosis, however, his insurance company, Fortis [now Assurant Health
], revoked his policy. Mitchell was told that without further treatment his HIV would become full-blown AIDS within a year or two and he would most likely die within two years after that." [more inside]
The Challenge of Global Health
is an article written in the most recent Foreign Affairs
, describing how "stovepiping"
health care funding towards only HIV/AIDS, the shortage of health care workers in the West, and a vacuum of international health-care experts are all causing great damage to developing countries. The article was written by Laurie Garrett
, author of The Coming Plague
, Betrayal of Trust
, as well as a Pulitzer Prize winner for her writing on Ebola
. Previously on mefi: garrett resigns, comments on world leaders.
You're the king of a small african nation. You have an annual health budget of $15 million. Two-thirds of the people in your nation are HIV positive, and two-thirds are living below the poverty line. What do you do? Why, you buy a $31 million private jet
, of course!
AIDS cases in US Prisons
are being diagnosed at 5 times the rate of the rest of the population. Prisoners with AIDS face discrimination, abuse and are denied access to health care and medication, on top of all the other abuses prisoners in the US face every day.
From HIV+ Magazine
"African-American women, incarcerated faster than any other group, also have the highest HIV infection rate among women, both in and out of prison. Women make up a greater percentage of the HIV-positive prison population than men do, an overlooked issue. Yet prisons continue to be built at an alarming rate, although not fast enough to alleviate the miserable conditions of prison overcrowding. In California all federal prisons operate at more than 200 percent capacity."
Thanks California Prison Focus and Act UP NY's for links and info
One thing you can do today is drop by The Kids AIDS Site
and click the button to donate health care to children around the world.
Then come back and do it again tomorrow. And every day until we don't need a Kids AIDS Site anymore.