The ONE Campaign, the global anti-poverty group co-founded by rock singer Bono, called Trump's pledge a 'welcome sign, ' but pointed out that the administration has also proposed deep cuts in USA funding for efforts to battle HIV in Africa. But after the dust had settled, pundits started forcing the president's hand.
New HIV diagnoses in NY recently reached an all-time low of about 2,100 per year, down about 64% since reporting began in 2001, according to the state. 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.
"We have tremendous strategies of how we can detect and bring people into treatment early", he said, "and we know 90% of new infections are transmitted by people who are undiagnosed and not in effective care". They will also draw on lessons learned from almost 3.5 decades of work in HIV to make sure implementation of these initiatives are done well, said Anthony Fauci, MD, director of NIAID.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Miami-Dade and Orange counties led the country in new HIV cases in 2017. Currently, the problems of HIV Aids in the country is at its peaks because many people every year are getting diagnosed with this awful disease which is taking their life.
AIDS has no cure, but daily doses of antiretroviral medications have allowed victims to live relatively long and healthy lives.More news: Petra Kvitova: Tennis star tells court of knife attack horror
Mr. Trump also let the Office of National AIDS Policy, an executive branch task force, languish for almost two years after failing to appoint a director and terminating all the members of the council. The announcement was eerie and surreal, but once the absurdity of this president asking Congress "to make the needed commitment to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years" sank in, the reality of the opportunity at hand became clearer.
During his tenure as attorney general under former President George H.W. Bush, Mr. Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr, oversaw a program that sent some 12,000 Haitian asylum seekers to Guantanamo Bay, effectively creating what one detractor called "the world's first HIV detention camp".
"Together, we will defeat AIDS in America and beyond", he added.
He's assistant secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Federal government scientists have been coordinating for months on the new plan, which combines broader efforts to stem transmission of HIV with better treatment for people who are already infected.More news: Pope admits clerical abuse of nuns including sexual slavery
On Wednesday, the non-profit AIDS United posted an open letter reacting to Trump's speech - signed by 22 of the nation's leading anti-AIDS advocates, including groups in San Francisco, Chicago, and Texas. 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 U.S.by 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.
"Trump has contributed to these obstacles with racist, sexist, anti-transgender, anti-science rhetoric".
At the inter-personal level, training and sensitization programmes for Self-Help Groups, Anganwadi workers, ASHA, members of Panchayati Raj Institutions and other key stakeholders are also being organised to spread awareness about treatment and other facilities, official sources here said.
"His words are not backed by his actions", said Californian businessman and Africa expert John Ott, noting that Trump stopped US assistance to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa, which fights to control spread of the disease across the continent.
According to a report released last week by Global Health Policy, there are 25 million AIDS victims in 10 southern African countries - the largest concentration of victims on the planet.More news: 68mn girls at risk of genital mutilation by 2030 says WHO
"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.