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SF rally planned for HIV/AIDS support

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Concerned that San Francisco's historic focus on HIV/AIDS services and care have been diminished, several advocacy groups are planning a rally and die-in at City Hall on Monday, March 21.Organizers are calling on San Francisco's leaders "to 'take back' HIV as a major priority in our city," according to a news release quoting Dr.

Monica Gandhi, the medical director of Ward 86, the HIV clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Gandhi is a featured speaker at the event, scheduled for 11 a.m.

outside City Hall at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.Calling it "a lack of attention" to HIV on the city's part, organizer Paul Aguilar, a gay man and chair of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club's HIV Caucus, said, "The lack of interest is 40 years of complacency." Forty years later, he added, there is neither a vaccine nor a cure.

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