1. If the Australian Green Party where in power Australia's economy would descend the capability for Australia to afford any medical services as the Greens since their founder Bob Brown (An openly Gay man who was well respected and kept the extrimists in his party in check which no longer the case since he retired after long career in Federal Politics)
2. ART is actually covered and NSW Health has made medication for those who are have been diagnosed and seeing medical supervison of their medication regime.
3. Australia has made significant cutbacks in many areas of the budget, not saying I necessarily agree with it but its the reality. In that environment it would seem very odd to provide an expensive subsidy to essentially a small section of the community who have other means of access to that medication should they choose to take it. You have made it clear that you don't like the fact that the proper use of condoms and a change in the Gay Commuinty's attitude toward having sex the way they want yet wanting everybody else to pick up the tab just because they can't be bothered to take simple precautions. Don't bother quoting your agenda ridden statistical manipulations, the fact is that this medication is appropriate for a small at risk group who are a minority within a minority.
4. There are already schemes that target those people at the highest risk. They are going to continue providing Prep to those at most risk and its provided within the same guidelines which the CDC in your country and Gilead Pharmaceuticals have agreed is the most effective use within the population of people who are at risk.
5. You attempt to demonise me as against Prep, but if you have any intelligence at all you would have worked out that I believe that by spreading the use of this medication to people who are at low risk, the paradoxical reverse is likely to occur, meaning that those persons would be more likely to become reliant on Prep as their only means of protection, leading to a severe increase in other STI's and even worse, their will become an ingrained BB culture which encourages sex with no responsibility. On top of that, the fact is that the greater number of people who are prescribed a particular medication, that small percentage that won't take the medication as prescribed becomes a larger number. When that occurs the opportunity for drug resistant strain to occur and begin to spread will create a new problem.
6. PEP which is the post exposure prophelaxis treatment for those people think they have been exposed to HIV and seek treatment within 72 hrs is free and available through GP's and Hospitals
7. You're angle on Prep is clearly more about what you percieve as the right for HIV poz men to have BB sex with HIV neg men just as most of them do with other POZ men. I conclude that because you continuously look to pour scorn on any suggestion of other methods of protection and you are a unapologetic fan of the idea that all Gay Men should be having BB sex. Dress that up anyway you want, many, many people have said this even on Forums I have not commented on at all where you have made it clear what you think everyone should do.
8. Your un-wavering support of Prep and ART and your campaign to ridicule condom use and to aggressively demonise any mention of men taking responsbililty for thier sexual practices eg. being more selective about how many sexual partners, taking the time to ask or check on someone sexual health, using condoms, for regular partners asking questions about their Prep use ongoing if that is what they are doing. This also leads me to be sure you are receiving support and kickbacks from Gilead Pharmaceuticals as they could see your agenda and how they could use your online presence to further the message regarding their products
9. The Gay Community needs to accept that Anal Sex will always have sexual health risks and that we all need to be mindful of those risks to ourselves and others.
10. Access to free/cheap Testing everywhere as without this no reduction is possible. Unfortunately the USA is unlikely to implement this so I would suggest anybody from the USA should keep this in mind before criticizing which has been quick and decisive and most effective since the HIV AIds crisis first hit. That makes me proud of my Country. Maybe you should be lobbying Congress to provide sexual health clinics from federal funds or split costs with the states.
Question for you Timm55 and other RJ members,
Does your country or state, provide tax payer funded access to medication??? I suspect none in the USA and very few through individual states within the USA. Not sure about other countries but happy to hear about them.
The elimination of HIV will NOT and I repeat NOT occur by throwing public money at Prep alone. There needs to be a number of strategies implemented and coordination between services and levels of government and some concession from Pharmaceutical Companies involved in manufacturing the medications just like their is between the state and federal health services and the condom manufactures. You believe Prep in all that is needed despite your occasional concession that other means of protection are valid as well
Is PrEP and ART too expensive? YES, absolutely. The pharmaceutical companies have already made their billions. I think it's high time for some largess from pharms. [/quote]
Agree with you about medication being to expensive