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Let's talk about AIDS

(12/02/04 5:00am)

Oct. 5, the 2004 vice presidential candidates were asked to speak “…not about AIDS in China or Africa, but AIDS here in this country where black women between the ages of 25 and 44 are 13 times more likely to die of the disease than their counterparts.” Both had poor responses, generally skirting the issue. Vice President Dick Cheney’s answer was particularly appalling. “I had not heard those numbers with respect to African-American women, I was not aware that it was—that it’s that severe an epidemic there.”