As a matter of fact, and in just one example, Sean Stephane Martin, 7,000 people in the United States died of AIDS last year. In 2017. Unbelievable.

They died primarily because access to health care is uneven and often unaffordable. They died because they couldn’t take the daily pills that would keep them healthy and (crucially) non-infectious.

Best health care system in the world? That is indeed a cruel joke. Not only doesn’t it function for individual sick people, it can’t even address a public health crisis like the HIV epidemic.

Those 7,000 people are the tip of an iceberg of HIV-positive people who are not in treatment because they can’t afford it.

That means the virus keeps spreading. Besides the terrible human toll, that costs us all a fortune.

Our system is so broken that “broken” doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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