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

09 February 2019

"HIV has cost America too much for far too long", said Admiral Brett P. Giroir, MD, HHS assistant secretary for health. The South accounted for 52 percent of new HIV diagnoses in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The city, along with Montgomery and Prince George's counties, is among the areas where the federal health department estimates about half of new HIV cases occur - including 48 of some 3,000 counties nationwide, seven states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. 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.

Researchers noted that will require working with groups that often shun health services, including injectable drug users.

African American and Hispanics are the most vulnerable group of HIV infections, but they are poorly covered by healthcare services like Medicaid and Medicare.

'While we might have policy differences with the president and his administration, this initiative, if properly implemented and resourced, can go down in history as one of the most significant achievements of his presidency, ' Michael Ruppal, executive director of the AIDS Institute, said in a statement.

Today's HIV treatments work so well they not only can give people with the AIDS virus a near-normal life expectancy, they offer a double whammy - making those patients less likely to infect other people. But we also should not reject a plan to end the HIV epidemic by 2030 because of where it originated from, and those of us who are able to should do everything we can to mold this plan in our image at the same time we continue to fight back against the Trump administration on so many other fronts. "For those that are screened and are HIV negative and felt to be high-risk they can take PrEP which is a medication that's used to prevent HIV transmission to the negative person". "You have to be strong in order to endure the pain, the frustration, the confusion".

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Surrounded by health care providers and HIV prevention advocates at the Winnebago County Health Department, Governor JB Pritzker took executive action strengthening the state's commitment to ending the HIV epidemic that has affected almost 40,000 IL residents. New infections lately have remained at roughly the same degree, around 40,000 a year. 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.

"Every 44 minutes, a 13- to 29-year-old gay or bisexual man in the USA gets diagnosed with HIV", Mustanski added.

And yet, I believe we should work with the Trump administration on its plan to end the HIV epidemic. The plan will require diagnosing new infections as soon as possible, treating the infection rapidly and effectively, protecting those at the highest risk of contracting the infection, and responding swiftly to any outbreaks. Click on the links for more information on HIV testing and PrEP services at the DOH in Orange County.

"Only a quarter of sexually active teen gay and bisexual boys have ever had an HIV test", Mustanski noted. "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.

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