The purpose of this page is to provide you with a variety of information relevant to the issue of HIV/AIDS. It will include lists of HIV/AIDS related California legislation, press releases and articles relating to HIV/AIDS, the score cards of California legislators on HIV/AIDS related California legislation and other related material.
This web site is designed to be of use to those generally interested in, and to community activists interested in these issues. People are encouraged to make suggestions as to what material should be added to these pages. Anyone may do that by sending a message to email@example.com a suggestion.
California HIV/AIDS Legislation Addressed By California Communities United Institute
To see an overview of the 2012 International AIDS conference, click here.
International AIDS Issues
We in the United States often think of HIV/AIDS as an American issue and as one that affects mainly gay men. However, the truth is that the United States ranks 65th among nations worldwide (as of December 2009), in the rate of HIV/AIDS cases. Sixty four nations have higher rates. HIV and AIDS is occurring at very high rates in Southern Africa and South Asia. And most of the cases in those nations are among heterosexual persons.
You can see a list of the number of cases per nation by clicking here.
In the United States, people with HIV/AIDS have greater access to medical care, and the care available for HIV/AIDS is more advanced than in other countries. As a result, the United States ranks 95th in the rate of death from HIV/AIDS. Ninety four nations have higher death rates than we do.
To see a list of death rates from HIV/AIDS by nation, click here.
The purpose of the score cards below is to tell you the scores that California Communities United Institute (CalComUI) has given to the voting records of California's state legislators on HIV/AIDS related legislation. To see the scores we have assigned to each legislator, click the links below.
The legislator's tables below will tell you how each legislator voted on each bill. In all cases, CalComUI supported the bill. So, a score of "1" for a bill means the legislator voted for the bill, a score of "0" means the legislator voted against the bill, and a score of "0.5" means the legislator was absent or abstained from voting on that bill.
The legislator's scores for each bill in the following tables is assigned on the basis of a legislator's vote on the floor of the Senate or Assembly. We did not score legislator's votes in committees.
If you have Excel on your computer, you can download either of the following tables and sort them in any way you like. For example, you might want to sort them by party and then do an average score for the legislators in either or both parties. By contrast, you can sort them by score to see which legislators had the highest scores and which the lowest.
Legislators are always fund raising for their next election. If a legislator comes to you for a donation, you may want to check his or her scores on the tables below to see if you want to support that legislator. The score cards may also help you to decide whom you want to vote for.
To see the score cards, click on the links below. (Note: Please be patient. Some of the Score Cards open slowly.)
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To promote the social, economic, and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals, couples and families; people affected by HIV/AIDS; People of Color; people on limited income; and women. We do this by urging elected officials to enact and support legislation that accomplishes this goal.