Policy Process I Essay

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Policy Process Part 1 HCS/455 Policy Process Part 1 This paper is the continuance of week one. In week one I choose to write about HIV and the health policies that govern them. Through the internet searches we will look more in depth about the discussions that affect the Formulation stage, legislative stage and the implementation stage. We will learn how this process will improve the American Health Care system. Today there are more than 30 million people living with HIV and there is currently no cure for HIV (WHO, 2011). HIV is a life threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS which damages the immune system. HIV is a sexually transmitted disease and it can also be spread by contact with blood, or an infected mother through child pregnancy, breastfeeding and child birth. Although, there is no cure for AIDS there are medications that can slow down its progression. The stakeholders are affected by the policies to ensure that all those fighting the disease are insured. Hence, HIV is not just a health problem, but also a political, economic and social problem. The stakeholders include people with HIV, health care workers, local community and political leaders and those who work in pharmaceutical companies (The Mayo Effect, 2010). Each stakeholder has his or her reasons for entering a partnership with these organizations. Moreover, for the public policy environment it is important to facilitate partnership between different stakeholders. Science has taken a back seat when it comes to The U.S. politics over the HIV epidemic and it worsens every year. Until recent federal monies funded abstinence only prevention which lacked efficacy. There are 40,000 newly infected people in the Unites States each year. Therefore, it is imperative to formulate policies that would devise a successful plan to help to prevent the

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