Carolinians struggling with the lack of health insurance will soon get much-needed help when the National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC), in conjunction with the North Carolina Association of Free Clinics, holds its next C.A.R.E. (Communities Are Responding Everyday) Clinic at the Charlotte Convention Center on December 7.
"America's 1,200 free clinics serve as a lifeline to high-quality health care for so many in our country," NAFC Executive Director Nicole Lamoureux said. "While this year has been historic with the passage of health care reform and the sweeping change in Congress, millions of Americans struggle every day with a cold truth that health care is not affordable or accessible."
Last Tuesday's election results have far-reaching implications for the nation's response to the AIDS epidemic and other health related issues in Black America. While the national media has focused attention on the "Tea Party" movement, most Republicans elected to Congress were mainstream conservatives. Yet all share a common political platform of deficit reduction, extending the Bush-era tax cuts, and hostility toward President Obama's signature legislative achievement: health care reform. These realities jeopardize the progress we've made so far toward ending the AIDS epidemic in Black communities and improving general health outcomes for Black people. They underscore the urgent need to reinvigorate our efforts to compel the nation's decision-makers to address a health crisis that isn't going away.
The hottest news in AIDS in the last year was the partial success in a South African clinical trial of a microbicide - a gel women can put in their vaginas to kill the virus before it can infect them.
The whole field of protection before sex is "red-hot cool right now," said Sharon L. Hillier, a gynecology professor at the University of Pittsburgh's medical school and principal investigator of the Microbicide Trials Network. "People are really energized."
The doctor who helped pioneer the "treatment as prevention" approach in the fight against HIV/AIDS will receive the Albert Einstein World Award of Science. Dr. Julio Montaner chaired the 18th International AIDS Conference in Vienna last July.