Trump vows to end HIV spread within 10 years, critics skeptical

President Trump pledged Tuesday to work toward eliminating AIDS

President Trump pledged Tuesday to work toward eliminating AIDS

No, the main sentiment that washed over me as I watched the State of the Union was one of resolve and determination.

The ONE Campaign, the global anti-poverty group co-founded by rock singer Bono, called Trump's pledge a 'welcome sign, ' but pointed out that the administration has also proposed deep cuts in USA funding for efforts to battle HIV in Africa. As Dr. Colfax told the SFAF: "My hope is that we will live to see the day where HIV is rare, when it does occur is readily treated and cured, and that the lessons learned from this epidemic will be applied to addressing other epidemics and health disparities".

Briefing reporters ahead of Trump's State of the Union speech, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and senior public health officials said the campaign relies on fresh insights into where about half of new HIV cases occur - 48 out of some 3,000 USA counties, and Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and seven states with at-risk rural residents. "For those that are HIV positive they should be on treatment". Now the Director of Marin Health and Human Services, Dr. Colfax will assume his new position in mid-February. "We have lost 700,000 Americans since 1981, and despite the emergence of new tools and techniques, we are at high risk for another 400,000 becoming infected over the next decade because out progress against new HIV infections has plateaued". But she's anxious the plan doesn't address other barriers to accessing care in the state.

The Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit organization on healthcare issues, cited "poverty, lack of access to health care, lack of awareness of HIV status, and stigma" as challenges for the epidemic among the most vulnerable communities.

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Following President Trump's second State of the Union address, where he announced plans to end the HIV epidemic, HIV experts outlined a comprehensive plan to do so. "Any plan to end HIV transmission in the United States must centere on the needs of young gay and bisexual men of color in order to be successful".

"My budget will ask Democrats and Republicans to make the needed commitment to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years", Mr. Trump said during the address Tuesday night. This is not an accident, but the result of the hard work of HIV advocates who saw an opportunity to influence the designs of those in power in a way that would benefit people living with HIV. However, with new HIV infections being clustered in a limited number of counties, proven strategies to detect and bring people into care, effective antiretroviral therapy, prevention strategies with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and supportive programs such as the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, the country is in a position to reawaken the fight against HIV, he said. As HIV advocates, it is our job to influence their decisions as much as possible with the limited access we have. Through provided funds, a local HIV HealthForce will be created in these counties through partnerships with state, territorial, local, and tribal health departments, "putting boots on the ground to ensure this progress is made", said Redfield. No amount of funding included in this plan can offset the harm done by a domestic agenda that centers abstinence-based sex education, criminalizes abortion, demonizes immigrants, and promotes white nationalism. Investments will include prevention measures the Rauner administration had discontinued, including funding for increased HIV testing, PrEP, the African American HIV/AIDS Response Act and other public health initiatives.

This article was provided by TheBody.

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