CDC Plans on-the-Ground 'HIV Elimination Teams' for Trump Plan

  • CDC Plans on-the-Ground 'HIV Elimination Teams' for Trump Plan

CDC Plans on-the-Ground 'HIV Elimination Teams' for Trump Plan

Trump proposed in his fiscal 2019 budget to cut the domestic HIV/AIDS program by 43 million USA dollars and worked to roll back the healthcare services in the Obama era. But after the dust had settled, pundits started forcing the president's hand.

HIV transmission levels also fell sharply, although thousands of new infections still occur in the United States each year. Whether it's rolling back Medicaid expansion, dismantling the Affordable Care Act protections for people living with pre-existing conditions, banning people living with HIV from serving in the military or the Peace Corps, trying to take away access to HIV medications for seniors on Medicare, changing the Public Charge rule to impose a de facto HIV ban and financial litmus test on immigrants coming to the United States, or any of the numerous discriminatory actions taken against LGBTQ people living in the country, the Trump administration has shown over and over again that it is not our friend and is not to be trusted. 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.

Redfield said he was "shocked" to see that just 48 out of 3 000 counties in the United States accounted for half of all new HIV infections. According to Robert Redfield, MD, director, CDC, the program will target 48 counties where the epidemic is causing the most burden and deploy personnel, resources, and strategies to prevent new infections. Worldwide, three million people 19 years old or younger are infected with HIV.

AIDS has no cure, but daily doses of antiretroviral medications have allowed victims to live relatively long and healthy lives.

"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. "Together, we will defeat AIDS in America".

Mr. Trump also let the Office of National AIDS Policy, an executive branch task force, languish for almost two years after failing to appoint a director and terminating all the members of the council. The office's landing page within the White House's website leads to a 404 error.

On Wednesday, the non-profit AIDS United posted an open letter reacting to Trump's speech - signed by 22 of the nation's leading anti-AIDS advocates, including groups in San Francisco, Chicago, and Texas. And now, the legitimate prospect of ending the HIV epidemic in the next 10 years was being put forth on national television by a president who hadn't named a director of the Office of National AIDS Policy halfway through his term and had been so dismissive of his own Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS that a good number of them resigned in protest.

"The real proof will be in the President's FY 2020 budget request next month", it ended. The initiative's fate will depend on Congress, which will decide whether to fund the new proposal and, if so, by how much.

"Trump has contributed to these obstacles with racist, sexist, anti-transgender, anti-science rhetoric. Until now, his words have worked at nearly every turn to fuel HIV's spread", Hamblin said.

"His words are not backed by his actions", said Californian businessman and Africa expert John Ott, noting that Trump stopped USA assistance to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa, which fights to control spread of the disease across the continent. The program will also continue to provide case management, behavioral health, medical care, and support services, which Sigounas said are critical for engagement.