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Author Topic: Finally more federal money for Hepatitis C?  (Read 12901 times)

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Offline flower-child-68

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Finally more federal money for Hepatitis C?
« on: February 22, 2012, 11:48:16 am »
I was reading today's headline about Hep C beating out HIV for killing people in the US. Maybe this will help wake up our politicians and country that Hep C is a major problem and deserves some attention. Not.

Unfortunately I also heard that Obama's new budget actually proposes cuts to the already miniscule hepatitis budget.

Short term priorities always win out and until hep gets a real community voice things will never change. So sad.

Hep C Now Trumps HIV as Cause of Death in U.S.

Offline dot3434

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Re: Finally more federal money for Hepatitis C?
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2012, 11:56:32 am »
Not going to happen until a lot more people start dying and preferrably on the nightly news.

Offline farmgirl

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Re: Finally more federal money for Hepatitis C?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2012, 08:53:22 am »
at some point the powers that be will wake up to the problem. lets hope it is sooner rather than later.

Offline diannastarr

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Re: Finally more federal money for Hepatitis C?
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2012, 11:16:01 am »
keep dreaming people. until it becomes there problem this will never get the attention it deserves.

Offline Ann

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Re: Finally more federal money for Hepatitis C?
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2012, 11:31:22 am »
We need to take a leaf out of the books of hiv activists. The only reason hiv finally got the attention it deserved is because people living with hiv took to the streets and made their voices heard.

The catch-phrase ACT-UP used in the late 80s and 90s is very appropriate for hep C as well:


We need more hep C activists! It's no use talking about the lack of awareness and funding on some internet forum - get out there and speak up! Write letters to your congressmen. Talk to your local health authority about raising hep C awareness.

Advocate, agitate, activate!

Offline Debby

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Re: Finally more federal money for Hepatitis C?
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2012, 09:31:23 pm »
Great advice!  Something has to change.


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