A group of Maine AIDS activists took off from City Hall this morning bound for Oxford, Mississippi, where they plan to deliver a list of HIV/AIDS-related demands to the presidential candidates at the September 26 debate.
"AIDS is not going away," AIDS patient Cynthia Cushing said. "It's here to stay, unless we do something about it."
Here's some of what the Campaign 2 End Aids (C2EA) wants from the next president of the United States:
-- more funding and reauthorization for the federal Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, which helps provide care and resources to low-income, uninsured, or under-insured Americans living with AIDS.
-- more money for HIV education, needle exchange programs, help for HIV/AIDS programs in rural communities, and universal healthcare.
-- the development, within his first 100 days in office, of a national plan to end AIDS, which will include the creation of an office that has as its sole mission to shephard and execute said plan.