Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

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

Stopping The Transmission of HIV in The States CDC Plans on-the-Ground 'HIV Elimination Teams' for Trump Plan
Celia Hoffman | 09 February, 2019, 20:12

He also underscored the importance of HRSA's Health Center Program, which supports 12,000 delivery sites across the country and provides care to more than 27 million Americans annually.

AIDS United, a non-profit organization, said in a statement that they "are cautiously encouraged" by Trump's promise, since "this administration's actions speak louder than words and have moved us in the wrong direction".

Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said in March 2017 that it was possible to end the AIDS in less than seven years. About 37 million people around the world live with HIV today, and 22 million of those are receiving treatment.

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. Since then, more than 700,000 people with AIDS have died in the United States, according to the CDC.

"We have the tools to end new HIV infections in this nation, but they must be applied now", he added. 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 USA 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.

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. The department plans to direct funding to those areas to boost resources for fighting HIV and AIDS.

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The 48 counties HHS is focussing on are mainly metro areas. Worldwide, three million people 19 years old or younger are infected with HIV.

In his State of the Union address, President Trump promised that his administration would try to end the transmission of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. William Brangham learns more from Jon Cohen of Science Magazine and Carlos del Rio of Emory University School of Medicine about the attainability of this goal, the practical and political challenges and what could help. "You have to be strong in order to endure the pain, the frustration, the confusion". New infections lately have remained at roughly the same degree, around 40,000 a year.

Jacqueline Wilson of Jackson was diagnosed as HIV positive in 2006.

Thomson Reuters Foundation: LGBT+ groups dismiss Trump pledge to beat HIV by 2030 as empty rhetoric (Elks, 2/6).

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. "As a result, only about half of young people in the United States who are HIV-positive know their status, which is the entry point to lifesaving treatment that can also eliminate transmission". 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.

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