_BILL CLINTON'S HIV/AIDS RECORD OF SHAME!
Former US President Bill
Clinton is scheduled to deliver closing remarks
at the Barcelona Conference on HIV/AIDS. Here is a summary of
dismal record on HIV/AIDS. He hasn't earned the right to address
International AIDS Conference. We remember...
HIV/AIDS RECORD OF SHAME!
"We cannot forgive, and must never forget"
- Clinton signed into law the HIV
Immigration Ban and Travel Restrictions in 1993, authorizing
the deportation of HIV-infected non US citizens, and imposing
a ten-day limit on US travel for HIV+ foreign nationals - which
is why these conferences are no longer held in the US. (Nickles
amendment to the NIH Reauthorization Bill).
- Clinton fired his Surgeon
General, Dr. Joycelyn Elders, who suggested that masturbation
be discussed as a safe sex alternative, in response to a question
at a World AIDS Day event held the United Nations. The dismissal
of Dr. Elders, known as the 'Condom Queen,' resulted in a chilling
effect on US HIV prevention efforts, ending prospects of wide
spread distribution of latex condoms and water-based lubricants
targeting populations who remain at-risk.
- Clinton betrayed his promise for an AIDS
made as a candidate in 1992, to launch an all-out, coordinated
research effort for an AIDS cure. Once elected to the White
House, Clinton abandoned that promise, and the hopes of millions
around the world who are still waiting and dying for a cure for
- Clinton failed to deliver an 'AIDS Czar,'
despite his campaign commitment to create a powerful position,
like the 'Drug Czar,' to lead the US efforts against the deadly
AIDS pandemic. Instead, Clinton appointed a series of low-level,
powerless 'policy coordinators', all of whom lacked sufficient
power and authority achieve significant progress in the world-wide
effort to end AIDS.
- Clinton sold out to the Insurance Industry,
leaving the United States still to be the ONLY INDUSTRIALISED
COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WITHOUT NATIONAL HEALTHCARE! 50 MILLION
CITIZENS IN THE USA WITHOUT HEALTHCARE!!
- Clinton refused to lift the federal
funding ban for clean needle exchange programs, despite overwhelming
evidence that these programs are highly effective in reducing
HIV transmission among injection drug users and their partners.
As a result, countless men, women and children have become needlessly
infected with HIV, condemned to a lingering and horrific death.
- Clinton neglected the global fight against
AIDS, and failed to direct adequate resources, allocating a paltry
$100 million for Africa's AIDS orphans. Since leaving the White
House, however, Clinton has suggested the US spend $2.5 billion
to fight AIDS internationally - something the Clinton Administration
never did in eight budgets submitted to Congress, despite huge
When Bill Clinton speaks at the Barcelona
Conference closing session, please turn your back, just as Bill
Clinton turned his back on all people living with, and dying from
HIV and AIDS, during his crucial two terms as President of the
Send a message to U.S. President George
W. Bush and other world leaders, and the pharmaceutical industry,
that history will recall their own record, failures, and betrayals
on the AIDS pandemic.
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