December 2, 2011

December 2, 2011
Welcome Home

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Friday and I hope you have had a safe and great week. It was a busy day of traveling back to south Florida for Dab the AIDS Bear and me. We have just returned from speaking at the World AIDS Day event in Pensacola, Florida.

I would like to apologize for not having time to blog during the last week of November. It was a very busy and hectic time for Dab the AIDS Bear and me. I know I hardly ever miss doing my daily blog and would like to thank all of you who sent an email to make sure I was doing okay.

Dab the AIDS Bear and I would also like to warmly congratulates President Obama for declaring today that we can, should, and will end AIDS in the world and in America.

Mr. Obama's remarks reflect a remarkable year of advances in treatment, prevention, and - crucially - treatment as prevention. We know now that we have the scientific tools to make new infections a thing of the past. Mr. Obama's speech shows us there is political will to act on the science. The excitement, hope, and determination on the George Washington University stage were electric.

A serious campaign to end the epidemic will require public resources. HIV funding will have to grow to levels needed to reach all infected Americans, link them to care, and help them stay in care. That is a major political commitment, and we salute the President and supporters on both sides of the aisle for their courage in making it in this economic and political climate.

We recognize that government cannot end the epidemic by itself. HIV stigma and homophobia prevent too many Americans from getting tested for HIV and learning their status. Health care systems that underserve lower income Americans and dysfunctional drug laws keep too many who know they are positive out of treatment. Those problems will not be solved in Washington alone.

Ending stigma and homophobia and leveling the health care playing field for lower-income Americans and minorities of all kinds will demand the moral and political will of all Americans, not just our leaders in Washington. But the President's speech today reminded us of Presidents Eisenhower's, Kennedy's, and Johnson's leadership from the top to enlist America's moral and political will in the fight to end segregation. Ending the HIV epidemic today is just as much a matter of justice as ending segregation was then. We salute the President and the distinguished guests who joined him at George Washington for saying, Yes, this is about justice, yes, we can do this, and yes, we will. We salute them for calling on America for its best.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab