Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
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Trump Might Make An Big Announcement For HIV Aids Patients

Trump Might Make An Big Announcement For HIV Aids Patients

"If we are going to end HIV transmissions in the USA, we need research to help understand how to effectively deliver the right interventions to the right communities at the right time", he said. Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mentioned the company would make an aggressive effort to diagnose infections in "scorching spot" areas. 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.

It is hard to describe the feeling that came over me on Tuesday night as I watched President Trump pledge to "defeat AIDS in America" during his State of the Union address. Now the Director of Marin Health and Human Services, Dr. Colfax will assume his new position in mid-February. 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.

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

During the address, Mayor Breed said of Dr. Colfax: "He knows our city and its challenges, and he is ready to get to work". 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. Things like health insurance, racism, poverty and other social determinants need to be considered.

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.


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.

Ultimately, the biggest question that emerges from this plan isn't whether or not it would be effective in providing care for people living with HIV and preventing new infections if properly implemented, but whether or not the HIV community can trust the Trump administration at its word.

Throughout the month, the DOH will offer pop-up clinics where people can get tested for free and connect up with providers who offer PrEP, an HIV prevention drug, at no cost. "These diagnoses are disproportionally among young men of colour - the only group in the U.S. to show increases in the rate of annual diagnoses".

And yet, I believe we should work with the Trump administration on its plan to end the HIV epidemic. They intend to deploy platoons of community health workers to step up the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infections. 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.

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

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