"The administration's plan will deploy the people and key prevention and treatment strategies needed to reduce new HIV infections by 75 percent over the next 5 years, with the hope of a 90 percent reduction within 10 years", Redfield said.
He's assistant secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services. More than one million Americans live with the disease. 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. For years, the tireless efforts of HIV advocates to end the HIV epidemic in the United States had been ignored by broad swaths of the political establishment in Washington, with only a handful of doggedly determined champions in Congress to make sure that funding for HIV programming wasn't cut and to fight back against the discrimination, criminalization, and stigmatization of people living with HIV.
In recent years a number of health organizations, including the United Nations, have called for co-ordinated steps to end the HIV epidemic by 2030.
Briefing reporters ahead of Trump's State of the Union speech, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and senior public health officials said the campaign relies on fresh insights into where about half of new HIV cases occur - 48 out of some 3,000 U.S. counties, and Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and seven states with at-risk rural residents. The department plans to direct funding to those areas to boost resources for fighting HIV and AIDS. Communities with high levels of this subgroup may benefit the most from targeted interventions, experts say. "We have treatment as prevention".
"We've never had that kind of 'This is the target, '" Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's pre-eminent AIDS warrior and head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said to the AP.
During the address, Mayor Breed said of Dr. Colfax: "He knows our city and its challenges, and he is ready to get to work". The virus crippled the immune systems of otherwise healthy people, leaving them vulnerable to lethal "opportunistic" infections.
Brian Mustanski directs the Institute for Sexual and Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Also, counsellors ensure tracking of HIV positive patients through telephone and home visits in the case of those who drop out between diagnosis and treatment to maintain their adherence to treatment, the sources said. Over the last four years, the State of IL failed to partner fully with organizations and advocates that are working to end the HIV epidemic. The black community accounted for 43 percent of all HIV diagnoses in the US despite making up 13 percent of the USA population. "These diagnoses are disproportionally among young men of colour - the only group in the USA to show increases in the rate of annual diagnoses". Whether it's rolling back Medicaid expansion, dismantling the Affordable Care Act protections for people living with pre-existing conditions, banning people living with HIV from serving in the military or the Peace Corps, trying to take away access to HIV medications for seniors on Medicare, changing the Public Charge rule to impose a de facto HIV ban and financial litmus test on immigrants coming to the United States, or any of the numerous discriminatory actions taken against LGBTQ people living in the country, the Trump administration has shown over and over again that it is not our friend and is not to be trusted.
"We have highly effective approaches to preventing HIV transmission today, but they are not effectively reaching the communities who need them most", he said.
Trump also piggybacked on a 2010 HIV strategy outlined by then President Barack Obama that focused on lowering the infection rate and increasing access to medical care.
"Only a quarter of sexually active teen gay and bisexual boys have ever had an HIV test", Mustanski noted.