Trump's call to end HIV epidemic hindered by his administration's policies

Trump's call to end HIV epidemic hindered by his administration's policies

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump announced his administration's plan to rid the United States of new transmissions of HIV by 2030. More than one million Americans live with the disease. Their technique is predicated on classes learned by way of worldwide HIV programmes, supported by teams together with the Global Fund to Battle AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva, Switzerland, and the United States authorities' initiative PEPFAR.

But new infections often cluster in certain "high-risk" communities, added Dr Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Health centers are also a key point of entry for people undiagnosed with HIV", said Sigounas, who explained that almost 2 million people receive HIV tests at the health centers annually.

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. In a blog post released in concert with the State of the Union, HHS Secretary Alex Azar outlined the administration's plan to end the HIV epidemic, which will mirror its plan for combatting the opioid epidemic by providing targeted investment and resources for the 48 US counties (along with Washington, D.C. and San Juan, Puerto Rico) that contain more than half of newly diagnosed HIV cases, along with seven states where the epidemic is heavily impacting rural areas.

"In the USA, 1 out of every 8 people infected with HIV does not know it", said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail.

HIV researchers and patient advocates have long known that the virus hits certain groups hardest, most notably gay and bisexual men of colour. To help pinpoint where the need for testing and treatment was greatest, "we actually lifted the number of infections in each county, and that allowed us to sort of rank the counties in terms of how they were contributing to the annual infections in America".

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The 48 counties HHS is focusing on are mainly metro areas.

Dr Anthony Fauci directs the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and has always been on the forefront of the fight against HIV/Aids. So, "if you put those two together, you could theoretically end the epidemic as we know it". Over the last four years, the State of IL failed to partner fully with organizations and advocates that are working to end the HIV epidemic.

In the United States, more than 1 million people aged 13 and older are living with HIV infection, with an estimated 15 percent unaware of their status, and approximately 56,000 new infections occur each year, according to National Institutes of Health (NIH). The black community accounted for 43 percent of all HIV diagnoses in the US despite making up 13 percent of the USA population. "Any plan to end HIV transmission in the U.S. must centere on the needs of young gay and bisexual men of color in order to be successful". He agreed that the elimination of new cases of HIV infection by 2030 is possible - given certain conditions.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a prevention pill and program that is up to 99 percent effective at preventing HIV infection when utilized consistently and correctly, is helping reduce the spread of HIV. "One of the things that concern us is that the Trump administration has done everything that it can to limit healthcare through trying to dismantle the ACA", said Dr. David Hardy, board chairman for the HIV Medicine Association.

'I think the HIV community would work with the administration on this issue if they're serious, but it's also going to take real action, including possibly regulatory and legislative changes to achieve the goal, ' said McColl.

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