Undisclosed Relevant AIDS FACTS
Needle stick injury rates among Hartford police officers were higher during the 6 months before the law changed (12 ). There was an immediate drop IUD less syringe sharing after the new law went into effect (13 ).
In New York City in the 1980's two thirds of IV drug users were HIV positive. When the state started funded needle exchange programs the curve reverse. Cities research showed that had a needle exchange program in place at the start of the study showed little to no increase after eight years (14 ).
A federal jury convicted two men of conspiring to steal 2.2 million in U.S. AIDS funding. The resulting a scandal touched the highest levels of Puerto Rican government. Prominent attorney Luis Dubon, and Jorge Garib an epidemiologist are accused of personally embezzling 779,000 of the 2.2 million. While they served on the board San Juan AIDS Institute that was funded by the Ryan White Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Federal investigators also looked into the misdirection of funds that were supposed to be used treat AIDS patients, instead were diverted to political campaigns and personal use(15 ).
The FBI probed the South Dallas (Texas) Margaret K. Wright AIDS clinic. They found it had misspent ten of thousands of dollars intended to benefit poor African Americans. The Dallas morning news wrote, "The FBI also is investigating allegations that the clinic bought expensive AIDS drugs that remain unaccounted for and applied federal funds toward treatment of patients who might not have existed,". The misspent funds include shopping sprees to Neiman Marcus, home appliances, and psychic phone-line calls (16 ).
A bookkeeper for Central Florida United AIDS Resources was sentenced to 37 months in prison for embezzling $500,000 from the group, the stolen money was to go to assistance to AIDS patients with housing and medications. The money was spent on things like Disney tickets, hotels, and restaurants (17 ).
An AIDS scam that used the name of Elton John and "Ryan White" was used to con businesses out of thousands of dollars. The fraudster claimed he was working for an Orphanage for children with AIDS. The con artist claimed he was working for Elton John or Ryan White foundation (18 ).