Tennessee Democrats fire back after cuts to federal HIV funding
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The state of Tennessee declined federal funding for HIV prevention, prompting quick backlash from state Democrats.
“I’ve had a relative pass away from HIV. It was years ago, before modern medicine and treatment,” Rep. John Ray Clemmons (D-Nashville) said. “Fortunately now, because the government has invested in prevention and treatment, the government has saved countless lives.”
Clemmons said he was leery about sharing his personal connection because he didn’t want to politicize it. But he felt …