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

Meeting of Trump’s team to end HIV on Feb 6 2019

Meeting of Trump’s team to end HIV on Feb 6 2019. Carl Schmid

TIME: Trump Wants to End HIV Within 10 Years.

Surrounded by health care providers and HIV prevention advocates at the Winnebago County Health Department, Governor JB Pritzker took executive action strengthening the state's commitment to ending the HIV epidemic that has affected almost 40,000 IL residents. Now the Director of Marin Health and Human Services, Dr. Colfax will assume his new position in mid-February.

The goal is to reduce new infections by 75 percent over five years and to "end the HIV epidemic in America" by 2030, said Alex Azar, the secretary of health and human services, who coordinated development of the ambitious plan, outlined by Trump in his State of the Union address. The city, along with Montgomery and Prince George's counties, is among the areas where the federal health department estimates about half of new HIV cases occur - including 48 of some 3,000 counties nationwide, seven states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. "So I think right now in terms of care and treatment and that's what we do in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program-it will be for us to have a much greater concentrated effort on getting people out of care back into care and people that are not diagnosed, to get them diagnosed and into care". But she's anxious the plan doesn't address other barriers to accessing care in the state. Currently, the problems of HIV Aids in the country is at its peaks because many people every year are getting diagnosed with this terrible disease which is taking their life. The short answer is, no, HIV advocates should not trust the Trump administration.

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'This effort can not move existing resources from one public health program and repurpose them to end HIV without serious consequences to our public health system, ' Michael Fraser, CEO of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, said in a statement. More than 1 million Americans live with the disease. "Any plan to end HIV transmission in the USA 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", he said. 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.

Redfield said the proposed initiative will focus on "four key strategies to meet the needs of communities with the highest HIV burden: diagnose new HIV infections; treat those with infection rapidly and effectively; protect people from being infected through access to comprehensive prevention and treatment, including medications that can prevent infection; and respond quickly to and stop new outbreaks".

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Millions of people worldwide have died from HIV, but the advent of potent antiretroviral drug cocktails in the mid-1990s revolutionized care, keeping viral levels down to undetectable levels and stopping the onset of Aids. 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. In a statement, AIDS United and other groups said, "We stand ready to work with him and his administration if they are serious".

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