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January 28, 2009

Bush HIV/AIDS Czar Canned in Political Blunder

Late last week, while pro-life evangelicals and other conservatives were rightly watching the moves of the Obama administration regarding the so-called Mexico City policy, other events were unfolding at the State Department, where Ambassador Mark Dybul, head of PEPFAR, the much lauded program to fight HIV in Africa, was given one day to clean out his office.

Sorry, Dr. Mark, you did a great job, but apparently, not great enough to override the Democratic political hacks now calling the shots on HIV/AIDS policy. (These are the ones who now have a federal check book with a balance of about $48 billion of your money, folks.)

Back on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, I talked with Ambassador Dybul in Washington. Of course, evangelicals were peppering him with questions about whether he would stay on under President Obama, who on World AIDS Day had nothing but positive things to say about PEPFAR's achievements.

Dybul admitted that his fate in Washington was in the hands of others. But he was not gloomy or angry. I have met dozens if not hundreds of medical professionals who are working across the world against the virus. Dr. Dybul, actually, is one of the most skilled public health physicians you could ever meet. He's on the global High Honor Roll in the global fight against HIV.

It is no mistake that under his watch more than 2 million people have access to life-sustaining drugs.

Here's what political columnist and former Bush speechwriter Mike Gerson had to say today in the Washington Post about Dr.Dybul:

While I worked at the White House -- from 2001 to 2006 -- I saw Dybul combine the ability to build bipartisan consensus for PEPFAR on Capitol Hill with exceptional compassion for the victims of a cruel and wasting sickness. It mattered little to the Bush administration that Dybul was openly gay or that he had contributed to Democratic candidates in the past. He was recognized as a great humanitarian physician -- a man of faith and conscience -- almost universally respected among legislators, AIDS activists, foreign leaders and health experts. Almost.

A few radical "reproductive rights" groups -- the fringe of a fringe -- accused Dybul of advocating "abstinence only" programs in AIDS prevention. It was always a lie. Dybul consistently supported comprehensive prevention efforts that include abstinence, faithfulness and condom use -- the approach that African governments themselves developed. In fact, Dybul was sometimes attacked from the right for defending a broad definition of AIDS prevention, including programs to address prostitution and transgenerational sex. Over the years, PEPFAR distributed 2.2 billion condoms -- hardly an "abstinence only" approach.

What happens next?

Even today, one evangelical leader expressed to me her fear that PEPFAR itself is going to be radically reshaped under the Obama administration. That probably means so long to faith-based abstinence and fidelity educational programs in Africa and elsewhere. These efforts were at the heart of the Uganda success story in which HIV/AIDS rates and deaths were dramatically reduced. Countless families were held together as a result.

This move sure feels like snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Comments

Your article indicts, tries and convicts the Obama administration for what they are going to do, not for what they have done. Removing Mark Dybul is not shocking since the administration has the freedom to pick its own people for political appointments. Why don't you make specific statements about what this administration will do in the area of HIV/AIDs policy, and what is so objectionable. Unlike the last administration, Obama has already set a standard of using the best science to set policy, and doing the necessary reviews to verify that benchmarks are met. Instead of wedding ourselves to particular ideology or people, we should commit to proven methods that work. I'm sure the next administration's policy will embrace the abstinence, faithfulness and condom use that is advocated by the host countries.

The Bush administrations ill advised shift from ABC based programs to "faith based" religious right shaped programs, is more likely at the heart of the slight resurgence of HIV cases. As the face of the Bush administration HIV prevention, which includes the recent wrong turns in its policies, that is likely why he's going.

He didn't fight what he must have known is a turn in the wrong direction.

It's totally irresponsible and immoral to encourage an aversion to condom use, yet, while Dybul knows that, he went along with what religious conservatives are doing anyway. Where do they get their bizarre delusions of moral superiority?

Of course, if the Obama people don't do the sociology and get it right, they'll likely not be as effective as they hope. Let's pray they get it right.

In any case, new administration, new people. That's the way it's always been.

Here is the new, bold, fresh, "new era" of politics the BO admin is engaging in. It is despicable. It may destroy one of the most successful projects and removes one of the best minds in the fight against AIDS in Africa. It is his way of pinning on a badge of honor to look good in the eyes of his most extreme left supporters.


THE CURE for HIV/AIDS.......AMBUSH

THE IDEA that AMBUSH cures AIDS
is being proven by the more than 400 individuals who have taken a dose of 60 ml three times daily for 21 days. The result is that AMBUSH 'KILLS' the virus by causing the protein envelope to rupture and the viral particles are discarded by the white blood cells. AMBUSH is able to 'KILL' the virus that are 'hiding' in the lymph system by its 'natural radioactive' properties. This process allows the body to 'return to normal health' with a corresponding immunity to that or those strains of the virus.

Finally, if this is accepted or not, believed or not, THE LORD GOD always wins and this is the heavenly truth to which AMBUSH was divinely given to mankind for the CURE of HIV/AIDS and it will be here forever. Apostle Shada Mishe.

apostleshadamishe@gmail.com

Here is a video taped presentation that I gave at t he Martin Luther King library in Washington

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V53D1w__Po
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPwuwlVBOV0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZejptOwMTzQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqcTgIAhrhc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7HPKcT_iwY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9iQfgiYAnw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3RzRS6tJDM

Why don't the Dobson people advocate neutering. That would certainly solve the problem and fast. Oh, I forgot the Catholics don't want birth country because a late pope said that if there isn't enough food around the table we should not cut down on the number of guests. Let's get ideology out of science. Many, many of these people are not Christians. Sure, no one wants a 12-year-old having sex but that should be up to the host country. Telling people not to have sex goes against nature and science.

Great Robert. Next time a woman tries to refuse my advances I'll explain that "not to have next goes against nature" and force myself upon her.

I mean, I'm only human right? I can't be expect to control my urges.

Thanks!

Dear Fidens: So you are suggesting that I am advocating rape? Where were people like you when reporters like me were fighting rape at the Air Force Academy. No means no. In Colorado, where I live, a woman cannot give consent if she is drunk or otherwise mentally incapcitated. You so-called Christians have a lot of gall telling people they will burn in hell if they don't accept Jesus as the one true way to God.

From the very beginning of the AIDS epidemic, conservative Christians have eliminated science from the face of AIDS and substituted the apparent anger of a vengeful deity.Nothing has changed in the ensuing years.They showed no efforts towards the victims of AIDS until heterosexual Africa became decimated.

First of all, there is no evidence that people infected with HIV can be cured by the currently available therapies. In fact, individuals who are treated for years and are repeatedly found to have no virus in their blood experience a prompt rebound in the number of viral particles when therapy is discontinued. Consequently, the decision to start therapy must balance the risk versus the benefits of treatment. The risks of therapy include the short- and long-term side effects of the drugs, described in subsequent sections, as well as the possibility that the virus will become resistant to the therapy which can limit options for future treatment.

As a man of science, would remind you that during the early years of the AIDS epidemic, the religious right fought & successfully opposed the use of any public funds for HIV research.The subsequent delay in the development of effective treatment options denied thousands even a fighting chance at survival.Despite arrogant denials, most still believe that AIDS is the punishment of an angry deity.Along those lines, I notice today that the religious right has already labelled the earthquake & tsunami that has devastated Japan, a punishment from God.