AIDS / HIV  HIV/AIDS   (Red script is to be eliminated, black bold script is new) 
The Green Party calls for comprehensive, humane, and competent care of all people with AIDS/HIV.

An all-out campaign must be waged against AIDS/ HIV and other blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis. The AIDS epidemic has not been adequately addressed at the local, state, federal, or international levels. All people in all countries, including those with AIDS/HIV, have a right to medical care, protection from discrimination, and confidentiality. Drug corporations have a strong profit motivation to make this disease a manageable one (like diabetes) with guaranteed sales of very expensive drugs, in the billions of dollars every year. Drug companies have not emphasized research that targets a cure. While new drugs have dramatically saved lives, many have side effects so debilitating that the quality of life is poor, if not intolerable during the extended lifetime of the patient. But even these need to be produced generically to stop the devastation resulting from corporate refusal to provide these drugs to the millions dying throughout the world who cannot afford these basic lifesaving drugs. Drug researchers should have a cure for AIDS as their ultimate goal.

The AIDS epidemic has not had adequate public health management at all government levels. Drug corporations have a strong profit motive to encourage for medical management of those with HIV by using medication that keeps the virus from being detected in the blood. This means there are guaranteed sales of very expensive drugs. Rather than invest in research for a cure, like they have done with Hepatits C the drug companies invest in drugs that manage a chronic illness. The Green Party believes that this failure to invest in research for a cure is because mainstream society has the belief that contracting HIV is self inflicted by “sinful” or “illegal” behavior. As of this writing statistically of those who are HIV positive there are higher numbers of homosexual men, and men who have sex with men, followed closely by drug addicts using injectable drugs. While HIV drug treatment regimens have saved lives, some people suffer from debilitating side effects where quality of life is poor. There is also the economic side effect due to the high cost of these life saving medications.
We recommend the following actions:

a. Increased funding for AIDS education and patient care.
b. Increased funding for comprehensive sex education that includes AIDS education.
c. Increased funding for research focusing on a cure, methods of prevention, and on bolstering the immune system.
d. Improved technology, facilities, laboratories, researchers, staff and personnel to cure AIDS/HIV. A "Manhattan Project" for a cure is required.
e. Complete sharing of information among researchers, funding agencies (including corporations), and the public on AIDS/HIV before awarding the next research grant.
f. More research into better methods of prevention of HIV infection. While we support condom use, better condoms are also required. We support more vaccine research as well as research on prevention methods such as microbicides. People must be provided the means and support to protect themselves from all sexually transmitted diseases.
g. Equal access to AIDS education, treatment and medications for all affected. Accordingly, funding and accountability should be increased.
h. Allowing all prisoners affected with AIDS/HIV in all countries to have the same access as free citizens to education, treatment, preventive measures (including condom use), and medical care.
i. A uniform international definition of AIDS.
j. Protecting the confidentiality of all people diagnosed with AIDS/HIV or tested for HIV.
k. More careful and timely approval of effective AIDS drugs by the FDA.
l. Production of affordable and available versions of patented medicines in all countries.
m. Targeting the young for age-appropriate education about AIDS/HIV and appropriate methods of prevention. We support sex education and the distribution of condoms in schools.
n. Prevention awareness and access to condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS. We condemn HIV-related discrimination.
o. Make drug treatment and other programs available for all addicts who seek help.
p. Expand clinical trials for treatments and vaccines.
q. Speed-up the FDA drug approval process.
r. Providing housing for homeless and poor people with AIDS/HIV.
s. Providing treatment for homeless people with AIDS/ HIV.
t. Support for needle exchange programs and for programs to help drug addicts.
u. No mandatory screening for AIDS/HIV; anonymous screening must be available.
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