AIDS Action Grades Clinton Administration, Congress an "F" in Prevention 12/6/99

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Coinciding with World AIDS Day, December 1, the organization AIDS Action released its second annual "Report Card," rating the federal government on its efforts in the fight against AIDS. While giving the government an "A-" for research, a "B" for care and treatment, and a "C" for the fight against global AIDS, the feds received an "F" in HIV prevention. AIDS Action Executive Director Daniel Zingale said, "President Clinton and Congress need to untie the hands of public health forces trying to educate a new generation at risk for HIV."

The 1999 Until It's Over Report Card was certified by a panel of AIDS experts and advocates including Mary Fisher, person living with HIV; Steve Gunderson, former member of Congress (R-WI); Julia Ormond, actor; Kate Shindle, Miss America 1998; Tavis Smiley, host, BET Tonight; Jeanne White, the mother of Ryan White, and Zingale.

BET Tonight, with Tavis Smiley, spent that evening discussing AIDS in minority communities. When asked how prevention efforts could be improved, Hilary Shelton, Director of the Washington Bureau of the NAACP and a guest on the show, focused on implementation of needle exchange programs, a public health intervention that we "know works."

The discussion did not touch on the state level issue of the legality of needle exchange and pharmacy distribution.

More information on AIDS Action's "Report Card" can be found online at http://www.aidsaction.org.

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