US President Trump Plans To Eradicate HIV Transmission By 2030

US President Trump Plans To Eradicate HIV Transmission By 2030

A report has emerged that President Donald Trump plans to use Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to announce a campaign to halt transmission of HIV in the United States by 2030.

POLITICO quoted four individuals with knowledge of the planned remarks as saying that the president will announce in his State of the Union speech a national commitment to end transmission of the virus that causes AIDS, with a goal of stopping its spread in this country by 2030.

It is understood that the officials did not talk much about Trump’s plan so as not to reveal more things ahead of anything he could announce on Tuesday night.

It was gathered that under Trump’s 10-year strategy, health officials would target the U.S. communities with the most HIV infections and work to reduce transmissions by 2030.

The strategy has been championed by top health officials, including HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CDC Director Robert Redfield.

Azar described the goal this way:

“To become a country where the spread of H.I.V. has been effectively halted, because every American with H.I.V./AIDS is receiving treatment and every American at risk for H.I.V. is engaged in the right, proven prevention strategy.”

“People living with H.I.V. who take medicine every day as prescribed, keeping an undetectable viral load, have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting H.I.V. to their H.I.V.-negative partners,” Mr. Azar said in a recent speech.

“We have driven the incidence of H.I.V. infections down dramatically since the early 1990s,” Mr. Azar said, but new infections in recent years have remained at roughly the same level, around 40,000 a year.

“With the tools we have today,” he said, “we can do much better.”

Carl E. Schmid II, the deputy executive director of the AIDS Institute, a public policy and advocacy organization, said Mr. Trump’s plan sounded “very bold” and “could be one of his greatest achievements,” if the president and Congress provide enough funds.

The goal of halting the spread of H.I.V. by 2030 is realistic and achievable “if we increase testing, treatment and prevention,” Mr. Schmid said.

More than 1 million Americans have HIV, according to the CDC, and about 40,000 are newly infected every year.

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