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November 28th, 2012
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Naked AIDS activists protest assistance cuts in John Boehner's office

With 34 days until the fiscal cliff, several activists have set out to offer the naked truth – by stripping to the bone.

Seven naked protestors rallied inside House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) Washington office on Tuesday to draw attention to potential cuts to the AIDS assistance programs that may occur if the U.S. slides off the fiscal cliff. The "Naked Seven," including Michael Tikili, Cassidy Gardner, Megan Mulholland, Jennifer Flynn, Stephan Georgiou, William Livsey, and Leon Tyer, joined "Starting Point" on Wednesday to discuss how cuts to AIDS assistance programs would hurt AIDS victims and their families.

"I think that a lot of people may wonder why we got naked, but I think that the important number to remember is 62,000 people will die," Jennifer Flynn, one of the "Naked Seven" says on "Starting Point."

"People with AIDS will die if these budget cuts go through, calling it sequestration, calling it the fiscal cliff really shrouds – and I'm using that literally – the issue that what we're actually talking about is cutting life-saving services for people. So at $689 million to global health programs, it's $538 million to programs that serve people with AIDS here in the United States," she says.

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