Huffington Post’s Gay Voices recently printed a column by Gay Men’s Health Crisis COO Janet Weinberg about the impacts of cuts in Washington, D.C. on people with HIV/AIDS. The budget stalemate is literally killing people. She writes:
I am outraged.We all knew sequestration was coming, but most people really did not know what those words meant.
For GMHC’s clients it means cuts to the food that they need in order to take their medicine. It means less support for mental health and substance abuse to deal with the very issues that were part of that reason that they are living with HIV and AIDS. It means cuts to the staff who are here to assist clients to secure benefits so that they can take their medicine, go to doctors and potentially not infect others because their medicine is working so well.”