Russian alcoholics, Chinese and Thai sex workers, and Congressman Darrell Issa

So many people have died needlessly of AIDS while politicians like California Representative Darrell Issa make things worse to score cheap political points. The people trying to fight this disease—not to mention those trying to avoid or survive it—deserve better than they got this Tuesday.

I identify more closely with Russian alcoholics and Thai sex workers than I do with Republican Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA). For their sake, among others, I’m dismayed by the Republican’s recent victory.

That seems like a stretch. Bear with me.

Last spring, I visited Russia to deliver some HIV prevention lectures and to learn about some of the related risks confronting injection drug users, sex workers, and others. One morning, after enjoying a sumptuous salmon buffet breakfast at my fancy tourist hotel, I visited one of the few residential treatment centers available to the large population of Russians suffering from drug or alcohol disorders….. Continue reading “Russian alcoholics, Chinese and Thai sex workers, and Congressman Darrell Issa”