US President Donald Trump intends to use the Union State direction on Tuesday night to pledge the end of the American HIV epidemic, said four people with information about the planned comments. POLITICAL.
Under the Trump 10 year strategy, health officers would target US communities with the greatest HIV infections and work to reduce transfers by 2030. The best health officers have been ordered by the strategy, including Secretary HHS, Alex Azar and CDC Director Robert Redfield.
Although the Trump plans for the direction remain fluid – and one official warned that the speech has not been completed – HHS has pressed the White House to ensure that the HIV strategy is highlighted on Tuesday, two people said. The agency also intends to introduce this week further.
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More than 1 million Americans have HIV, according to the CDC, and around 40,000 are infected recently every year.
Historically, the Union's State has been a platform for presidents to announce heavy public health statements – many of them have not passed. Former President Barack Obama used his last address in January 2016 to call for the end of cancer. Although the cancer rate has continued to decline, it has been estimated that more than 600,000 US residents have died from cancer last year.
Under the HIV Trump strategy, health officials would spend the first five years with a focus on communities across around 20 states where the most HIV infections occur. The ultimate goal is to prevent new infections over a 10-year period, two officers said, with some similarity to how the Trump administration targets the opioid epidemic.
The strategy was deeply shaped by Redfield, a prominent AIDS researcher who was tapped to lead the CDC last year. Redfield met every day in the CDC last year that ended AIDS by 2025 possible with current public health equipment, such as using more common condoms.
Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of the HHS for health that oversees many of the Trio administration's opioid work, has also been tapped to inform the introduction of HIV strategy.
The Trump administration has sometimes had a relationship with each other the community of HIV / AIDS. The president in January 2018 scanned his HIV / AIDS advisory panel without explanation, and the new panel members were not turned until last week.
Trump repeatedly sought to break the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, better known as PEPFAR – a dollar-billion initiative launched by former President George W. Bush, who has been credited with saving over 17 million lives worldwide. However, Trump signed in December 2018 an extension to the program that received bipartisan support.
In the meantime, advocates have expressed concerns that the Trump administration turns back key protections for LGBTQ patients, which are disproportionately exposed to HIV infections. About two thirds of new HIV infections are in gay or bisexual men.
HIV / AIDS researchers have criticized the Trump health effort – led by Giroir and supported by anti-abortion advocates – to look for alternatives to research into tissue and fetus. HIV / AIDS researchers say that fetal tissue needs to develop a potential vaccine for the disease.
Brianna Ehley contributed to this report.