an article in the Huffington Post entitled, " Getting to Zero AIDS Cases in America -- Can We Do It?" She notes:
No one should ever die of AIDS. Unfortunately, many people arrive at my office for their first visit because they have become sick or begun to show symptoms of HIV. A few have even waited until it was too late and died of HIV. What kept most of these people out of my office is the shame and embarrassment of contracting HIV. This shouldn't be. HIV is a preventable and treatable disease. It is certainly within our power to address this public health scourge. We can do it. But we must become educated about the disease, its prevention and treatment.
It would be a shame if one of the unintended consequences of Obamacare is a change in funding to safety net hospitals that removes some of their ability to carry out the functions Dr. Fitzpatrick has eloquently set forward. Maybe UMC--an important component of the District of Columbia health system--can help send that message to Congress over the coming months. On this matter, the Board and the medical staff should be united, along with other safety net hospitals throughout the country.