AIDS activists staged an attention-grabbing protest at Republican Speaker John Boehner's office on Tuesday.
Their message: budget cuts will hurt AIDS sufferers who rely on government funding. They want public attention drawn to the planned $1.2 billion cuts to HIV/AIDS funding under "sequestration" in January, which includes $538 million for domestic AIDS programs and $689 million for global programs.
"Budget cuts are really rude, that's why we have to be so nude!" shouted protesters from ACT UP, Housing Works, and the Student Global AIDS Campaign. "Boehner, Boehner, don't be a dick! Budget cuts will make us sick!"
Police eventually persuaded the protestors to get dressed and leave. Three of the women involved were arrested for lewd conduct and indecent exposure, but no men were arrested.
Also yesterday, a new study revealed that half of all young people aged 13 to 24 with AIDS are not aware of it, and they account for a quarter of all news AIDS cases. Which suggests that domestic AIDS awareness is one area in which America might not want to scale back funds.