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

President Trump pledged Tuesday to work toward eliminating AIDS

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.

Now Trump administration might make a game-changing announcement for helping HIV patients. The government has "been trying to address HIV, but never in such a focused way", he said. 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.

'We've never had that kind of 'This is the target, ' said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's pre-eminent AIDS warrior and head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

In a comment to CNN in September, an HHS official said that the only reallocation that had happened a year ago was $17 million in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, which offers services to low-income people living with the disease.

"It will depend on Congress in terms of exactly where this plan goes".

It's worth remembering that this is the same administration that has dedicated itself to advancing policies that strip people living with HIV of their health care and their basic human rights. 'This is about execution'.

At the same time, a longtime HIV medication named Truvada can prevent infection if taken daily by healthy people who are at risk from their infected sexual partners, a strategy known as "pre-exposure prophylaxis" or PreP.

However, Trump's 2019 financial year budget, submitted in February 2018, includes cutting 40 million dollars from CDC's HIV prevention programs, and 26 million dollars from federal housing programs for people living with AIDS, as well as cutting global HIV programs by 1 billion dollars, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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If we look into the current situation then in the U.S. more than one million people as of now are diagnosed with HIV aids and every year more than 40000 people are getting diagnosed with this awful disease. Through the plan announced Wednesday, the Ryan White program will increase its capacity to provide HIV care and treatment for people newly diagnosed with HIV and those living with HIV who are not now retained in care, as well as work with program recipients to expand evidence-based interventions for maintaining care and viral suppression.

The 48 counties HHS is focusing on are mainly metro areas. The states are Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and SC.

Researchers noted that will require working with groups that often shun health services, including injectable drug users. "The most recent data suggest that progress in reducing new infections has plateaued, and many communities remain vulnerable to HIV infection". New infections are concentrated among men who have sex with men and minorities, including African-Americans, Hispanics and Latinos.

William McColl of AIDS United said the Trump administration's goal is 'very doable, ' based on now available technology and trends.

"It sounds very much like teleprompter Trump saying words but not being invested in the statement itself", said Scott Schoettes, counsel and HIV project director for Lambda Legal, a civil rights organization focused on the LGBT community.

HIV transmission levels also fell sharply, although thousands of new infections still occur in the United States each year.

CDC Director Robert R. Redfield said today that he's "excited that CDC is part of this unprecedented opportunity to end the HIV epidemic in America".



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