Well, here's some really bad news. The HIV rate in American gay and bisexual black men is higher than that of any other country. The New York Times accurately describes it as "one of America's most troubling public-health crises." According to the Center for Disease Control, the HIV rate for gay and bisexual black men in America will reach 50% if the current trends hold. Think that's far-fetched? In Jackson, Mississippi, the HIV rate among gay and bisexual men is already at 40%. Michael Harthorne, writing in Newser, has more:
In 2003, Congress passed a $15 billion plan to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. There was no such funding or plan for black Americans fighting the disease. A 2014 study found it would take an extra $2.5 billion to make actual progress on the crisis affecting America's gay and bisexual black men. But that's not likely to happen; in fact, the situation will almost assuredly get worse.
This is a travesty, no doubt about it. But Harthorne goes on to sound the alarm over President Donald Trump's policies. "The Trump administration disabled the Office of National Aids Policy website and proposed cutting the CDC's funding for HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and support by $186 million. There are fears that abolishing ObamaCare will return the country to a time of an HIV medication waiting list that is thousands of people deep."
However, as Glenn Reynolds noted, this is ill-placed blame. "After eight years of Obama, you’d think we’d be doing better," he wrote. "Yet somehow the big worry in this story is what Trump might do in the future."
Which is true. Does anyone remember this? You'd think that if Obama could make the oceans stop rising, he could do something -- anything -- about this horrible condition of gay and bisexual black men in America.
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