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TRUMP'S AMERIKA: CDC Rolls Back LGBT Data Collection in its Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

TRUMP’S AMERIKA: CDC Rolls Back LGBT Data Collection in it’s Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will no longer survey for information on LGBT health in its Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) one of the world’s largest health surveys. 

The BRFSS operates data collection in all 50 U.S. states, surveying for information on an estimate 400,000 individuals each year and is the largest “continuously conducted health survey system in the world,” according to the CDC claims.

A CDC official confirmed the rollback at the American Association for Public Opinion Research in Denver on Wednesday.

“The BRFSS is one of the few federally-supported data collection activities that make the needs of LGBT people known to governmental agencies responsible for the safety, health and welfare of the public,” said Research Director Kerith J. Conron of UCLA’s The Williams Institute in a statement. “By removing LGBT measures from the BRFSS, the federal government is shirking its responsibility to LGBT Americans.”.

The survey confirmed for the first time “what smaller studies conducted in HIV epicenters had observed,” Conron said.

“The CDC’s announcement appears to be part of an alarming trend within the federal government aimed at limiting our knowledge about LGBT people, despite the fact that these data are vital to policy making and designing evidence-based interventions to improve health and well-being,” said Director of Federal Policy Adam P. Romero in a statement.

The CDC claims the BRFSS is “the nation’s premier system of health-related telephone surveys that collect state data about U.S. residents regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions and use of preventive services,

CDC To Cut Global Infectious Disease Response By 80% Due To Budget Restraints

Via The Washington Post:

Four years after the United States pledged to help the world fight infectious-disease epidemics such as Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dramatically downsizing its epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries because money is running out, U.S. government officials said.

The CDC programs, part of a global health security initiative, train front-line workers in outbreak detection and work to strengthen laboratory and emergency response systems in countries where disease risks are greatest. The goal is to stop future outbreaks at their source.

Two weeks ago, the CDC began notifying staffers and officials abroad about its plan to downsize these activities, because officials assume there will be “no new resources,” said a senior government official speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss budget matters. Notice is being given now to CDC country directors “as the very first phase of a transition,” the official said. There is a need for “forward planning,” the official said, to accommodate longer advance notice for staffers and for leases and property agreements.”

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San Francisco Considers Plans To Give Free/Low Cost Truvada To Gay Men To Prevent AIDS

Truveda

 

Truvada, is a one-a-day pill has been found to be roughly as effective as condoms  in reducing the risk of contracting HIV. But the high cost of the drug  $8,000 to $14,000 a year is out of many people’s price range, even with insurance.

Tomorrow Supervisor David Campos announced plans to introduce a measure to allocate funds for navigators to educate patients about PrEP, and provide subsidies to San Franciscans who cannot afford the life saving medication,

By making PrEP available to all regardless of income, we could set the tone for the rest of the country in how to effectively eradicate a disease that claimed the lives of so many of our loved ones.”

Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, has set off a firestorm in th HIV and gay community claiming that the drug is a “public health disaster in the making.” despite the fact that Truvada is heartily supported by the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

Peter Staley, a hero of HIV/AIDS activism and a central figure in How to Survive a Plague summed up Weinstein in a recent interview with Marc Joseph Stern of Slate.com:

“If there’s one thing that every AIDS activist knows it’s that Michael Weinstein is not an AIDS activist. Yes, he’s the CEO of the ‘largest AIDS organization in the country’—based on revenue—but from the get-go, his tactic for building this empire has been taking contrarian positions that assure his placement in almost any article that appears about the latest HIV/AIDS debate.”

Since the beginning of the epidemic until 2010 a total of 28,793 San Francisco residents have been diagnosed with AIDS and  19,341  reported AIDS deaths in the city alone.