Our fake president fires remaining members of HIV/AIDS advisory council

Trumpcare takes over!

❝ Months after a half-dozen members resigned in protest of the Trump administration’s position on health policies, the White House dismissed the rest through a form letter.

The notice “thanked me for my past service and said that my appointment was terminated, effective immediately,” said Patrick Sullivan, an epidemiologist at Emory University who works on HIV testing programs. He was appointed to a four-year term in May 2016…

❝ The group is designed to include “doctors, members of industry, members of the community and, very importantly, people living with HIV,” said Scott Schoettes, a lawyer with the LGBT rights organization Lambda Legal. “Without it, you lose the community voice in policymaking.”

❝ Schoettes was among those who quit in June, and he went out with a fiery commentary in Newsweek. “The Trump Administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, and — most concerning — pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease,” he wrote in the column.

The only community voice Trump listens to is the one that is ready to hand him a blank check. Followed by the ignorant blivets who think they have something to gain from a fake president.

7 thoughts on “Our fake president fires remaining members of HIV/AIDS advisory council

  1. Footnote says:

    (February 16, 2014): “Popular snake-handling Pentecostal Pastor Jamie Coots who co-stars on the National Geographic’s ‘Snake Salvation’ TV show died Saturday night after one of his snakes bit him during a church service earlier that evening.” http://thesplendorofthechurch.com/2014/02/17/born-again-pastor-jamie-coots-boasted-of-snake-salvation-died-of-snake-damnation/ “…According to Kentucky.com, the paramedics were called to the church at approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday to check on reports of a snake bite. On learning that he had left the church, the ambulance crew and firefighters went to Coots’ home and warned him of the danger of not seeking medical help. Police said he declined the assistance and the paramedics left his home at 9:10 p.m. Less than an hour later authorities received a call that Coots had died and he was pronounced dead in his home. Coots was reportedly bitten on his right hand.”

  2. Niemöller says:

    Earlier on this year, Trump became the first President to address the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit, during which he told the cheering crowd “I pledged that in a Trump administration, our heritage would be cherished, protected and defended like you have never seen before.” http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/10/13/donald-trump-pledges-to-hate-group-that-homophobes-will-no-longer-be-silenced/2/ The Southern Poverty Law Center lists FRC as an extremist group with an anti-LGBT ideology. https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/family-research-council

  3. Scientific American says:

    “The Trump administration has thrown into doubt a multimillion-dollar research contract to test new treatments for HIV that relies on fetal tissue — work targeted by antiabortion lawmakers and social conservatives aligned with the president.” (Washington Post) https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-administration-threatens-future-of-hiv-research-hub/2018/12/04/f2e8e0ec-f7dd-11e8-863c-9e2f864d47e7_story.html?utm_term=.fd9d89984560 “The turmoil over the National Institutes of Health contract with the University of California at San Francisco is part of a building battle between conservatives opposed to research using fetal tissue and scientists who say the material is vital to developing new therapies for diseases from AIDS to Parkinson’s.
    The UCSF research laboratory and an affiliated institute have been instrumental in testing virtually all HIV therapies subsequently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since the 1990s, and NIH provides all the support for this work.”
    See also “Health And Human Services Says It’s Reviewing Use Of Fetal Tissue For Research” (NPR Sept 26, 2018) https://www.npr.org/2018/09/26/651838889/health-and-human-services-says-its-reviewing-use-of-fetal-tissue-for-research

    • Update says:

      “Health and Human Services Department Shuts Down HIV Research” https://www.dcreport.org/2018/12/12/health-and-human-services-department-shuts-down-hiv-research/
      “The move came after 85 Republican House members wrote a letter to the Food and Drug Administration, a related HHS department, objecting to a contract with a California company that is the research community’s only provider of fetal tissue.
      There are no scientifically valid alternatives for this kind of research; other cells cannot replace fetal tissue in biomedical research, and mice are one of the few animals that can be infected with HIV.
      Pulling the plug on promising gains is an enormous setback for the fight against the disease. The lab was poised to begin an experiment that would have tested an emerging theory on why HIV takes hold in the human body so quickly.”

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