The HIV Watchers

Aspects of proposed bill meet stiff resistance

illustration: Heath Hinegardner

At any rate, community-based HIV/AIDS service providers think they are doing a pretty good job caring for patients without the government's help. Moreover, they resent Frieden's recent cuts in funding to neighborhood- based programs in the outer boroughs, and treatment community veterans are suspicious of his motives. At the recent forum, one audience member expressed fear of a slippery slope. "One day you'll have the HIV people on the Internet, just like you have the criminals now," he said, identifying himself as a person living with HIV. Another activist remarked—to wild applause—that while many community-based organizations have volunteers willing to search for prostitutes and drug users and who are capable of persuading these patients to get back into treatment, it is hard to imagine officials like Frieden doing the same.

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