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Petitioning Health Editor Brie Cadman and 2 others

Tell Change.org: Move HIV/AIDS Topic from Gay Rights to Health


As the AIDS epidemic enters its fourth decade, it has become clear that HIV does not discriminate. Everyone is at risk, everyone is concerned. It is a global health issue.

According to the UNAIDS Global report 2010slightly more than half of all people living with HIV are women and girls (although less than half of all countries report having a budget for HIV programs for women).

It is true that unprotected sex between men continues to dominate patterns of HIV transmission in North America. Still, in 2009, women accounted for about 26% of people living with HIV in North America and in the USA, African-American females are 19 times more likely to acquire HIV compared with their Caucasian counterparts.

We read that Change.org's Health Care site is committed to exploring all aspects of the industry, including the causes and care of HIV/AIDS. Why then is the HIV/AIDS topic listed under Gay Rights?

HIV does not discriminate and affects women and men, homosexuals and heterosexuals. Moving the HIV/AIDS topic from Gay Rights to Health would reflect this reality.

Thank you for your consideration.

Gilles Denizot
The Red Ribbon Army 

Letter to
Health Editor Brie Cadman
Gay Rights Editor Michael Jones
Founder and CEO Ben Rattray
As the AIDS epidemic enters its fourth decade, it has become clear that HIV does not discriminate. Everyone is at risk, everyone is concerned. It is a global health issue.

According to the UNAIDS Global report 2010, slightly more than half of all people living with HIV are women and girls (although less than half of all countries report having a budget for HIV programs for women).

It is true that unprotected sex between men continues to dominate patterns of HIV transmission in North America. Still, in 2009, women accounted for about 26% of people living with HIV in North America and in the USA, African-American females are 19 times more likely to acquire HIV compared with their Caucasian counterparts.

We read that Change.org's Health Care site is committed to exploring all aspects of the industry, including the causes and care of HIV/AIDS. Why then is the HIV/AIDS topic listed under Gay Rights?

HIV does not discriminate and affects women and men, homosexuals and heterosexuals. Moving the HIV/AIDS topic from Gay Rights to Health would reflect this reality.

Thank you for your consideration.

Gilles Denizot
The Red Ribbon Army