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

CDC Plans on-the-Ground 'HIV Elimination Teams' for Trump Plan Trump just promised to end the HIV epidemic. This map shows the areas of the US that are home to the most people living with the disease.
Gustavo Carr | 09 February, 2019, 20:09

"Together, we will defeat Aids in America and beyond", the president told the nation. Worldwide, three million people 19 years old or younger are infected with HIV. More than one million Americans live with the disease.

"We've never had that kind of "This is the target", said Dr Anthony Fauci, the government's pre-eminent AIDS warrior and head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 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.

"If Trump was actually interested in helping AIDS victims he would embrace universal health insurance to treat AIDS sufferers, a policy he actively works against", Richardson said.

Last week, Governor JB Pritzker signed an executive order to take action to end the HIV epidemic and reduce health disparities by ensuring the state is investing in agencies, programs, and services that work to end the HIV epidemic.

Explaining his interest in fighting HIV/AIDS, Dr. Colfax previously told the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) that "there was no one specific moment" when the effort became important in his life. The virus crippled the immune systems of otherwise healthy people, leaving them vulnerable to lethal "opportunistic" infections. Hardy said any meaningful policy to lower HIV infections would have to target interventions that expand care for LGBTQ individuals since gay and bisexual men account for almost 70% of new HIV infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Millions of people worldwide have died from HIV, but the advent of potent antiretroviral drug cocktails in the mid-1990s revolutionized care, keeping viral levels down to undetectable levels and stopping the onset of Aids.

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Brian Mustanski directs the Institute for Sexual and Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. The black community accounted for 43 percent of all HIV diagnoses in the US despite making up 13 percent of the USA population. 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. Based on what we have seen so far, it seems as if a good deal of the administration's plan is reflective of the community-driven roadmap to end the HIV epidemic in the 2025 that was developed by AIDS United and the Act Now: End AIDS coalition and endorsed by over 250 HIV service organizations late previous year. "These diagnoses are disproportionally among young men of colour - the only group in the USA to show increases in the rate of annual diagnoses".

Florida Department of Health's HIV/AIDS Coordinator Kara Johnson-Williams says they're already reducing cases in high-risk populations in Orange County through the highly effective combination of prevention and treatment laid out in the plan.

IDPH has also joined the Chicago Department of Public Health, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, community based-organizations, health care providers, government agencies, people living with HIV, and others on "Getting to Zero, ' a plan to end HIV in IL".

More must also be done to raise HIV testing rates, because undiagnosed carriers of HIV are more likely to infect others.

Community outreach aimed at encouraging safe sex behaviours is another crucial step in getting transmissions down to zero, he said.