Trump launching campaign to end HIV epidemic in U.S. by 2030

Maricruz Casares
Febrero 9, 2019

"What's new about this is the laser focus of multi-agencies synergizing together on those areas", Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Wednesday."So this is something that has not been done before". Medicaid is "the single largest source of coverage for people with HIV in the US", according to Kaiser Family Foundation, but the Trump administration encouraged states to cut funding for the program. "We have made incredible strides, incredible".

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

At the inter-personal level, training and sensitization programmes for Self-Help Groups, Anganwadi workers, ASHA, members of Panchayati Raj Institutions and other key stakeholders are also being organised to spread awareness about treatment and other facilities, official sources here said. The announcement was eerie and surreal, but once the absurdity of this president asking Congress "to make the needed commitment to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years" sank in, the reality of the opportunity at hand became clearer.

But new infections often cluster in certain "high-risk" communities, added Dr Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

U.S. President Donald Trump has unveiled a bold plan to stop spread of HIV within a decade in the United States despite challenges posed by his lack of action to improve healthcare system. Ultimately, the administration's goal is to see a 75% reduction of new HIV infections in five years and a 90% reduction in 10 years. But she's anxious the plan doesn't address other barriers to accessing care in the state. Nothing that it has done in the past two years should lead anyone living with or affected by HIV to believe that administration officials will do right by them of their own accord.

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'Trust is a crucial weapon in our fight to eradicate HIV and it's necessary to encourage people from marginalized groups to get tested, ' said Dr. Albert Wu, an HIV researcher at Johns Hopkins University.

'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.

Nature: Scientists kick the tires on Trump's plan to tackle HIV (Maxmen, 2/6). "HIV has cost America too much for far too long", said Admiral Brett P. Giroir, MD, HHS assistant secretary for health. However only half of all people living with HIV are virally suppressed. They said reducing new HIV infections would require addressing problems that hinder access to healthcare for those with HIV, such as increasing health insurance coverage, reducing the impact of socio-economic health determinants, and eliminating existing stigmas of those living with the virus.

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. 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.

This article was provided by TheBody.

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