"funding for declined declined" Could have been spell check intervening , but the phrase actually speaks the concise truth about how we have been written off. We are nameless, we are the declined. Lower case, not a name (no face), object of a bureaucratic procedure, not a proper noun. But somehow we must fight AIDS had a ready made constituency, and people who knew they the clock ticking on them remaining healthy enough to fight for years after diagnosis. We're a mess, mostly. If my experience is any guide, then many (most) of us are using whatever strength is available to have a place to sleep and so on. The brain shuts down early, after virtually any physical exert. It is falling, without ground in sight. There is a blueprint for fighting for a cure - polio and AIDS being good examples. Who among us has the strength to carry it out?