HIV/AIDS Advocates in Salt Lake City Rally for More Funding To Fight Disease
HIV/AIDS advocates in Salt Lake City on Saturday staged a demonstration that consisted of laying out 8,500 shoes to represent each person who dies of AIDS-related complications worldwide each day, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Local groups organized the event as part of the national Campaign to End AIDS. The campaign is calling for more state and federal funding to prevent and treat the disease, and the local demonstration specifically urged Utah lawmakers to approve $500,000 annually for the state Department of Health to provide medication for about 1,600 HIV-positive residents (Manson, Salt Lake Tribune, 10/23). C2EA earlier this month launched 10 caravans nationwide and plans to rally in 100 more cities. The caravans on Nov. 5 will converge on Washington, D.C., for "Five Days of Action to End AIDS," which will include lobbying on Capitol Hill, an interfaith prayer service and a March to End AIDS (Jarvik, Desert Morning News, 10/22).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.