Saturday, 23 February, 2019

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

Stopping The Transmission of HIV in The States CDC Plans on-the-Ground 'HIV Elimination Teams' for Trump Plan
Melissa Porter | 09 February, 2019, 20:12

President Trump said during his State of the Union address he wants to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the United States within the next 10 years. More than 1 million Americans live with the disease. Their technique is predicated on classes learned by way of worldwide HIV programmes, supported by teams together with the Global Fund to Battle AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva, Switzerland, and the USA authorities' initiative PEPFAR. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HIV diagnoses have fallen in recent years among black women (25 percent decline from 2010 to 2016) and heterosexual men (26 percent decline).

"Scientific breakthroughs" made the goal attainable, Trump said, whose announcement was old news for health organizations, including the United Nations, which years ago called for steps to end the HIV epidemic by 2030. 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.

Ultimately, the biggest question that emerges from this plan isn't whether or not it would be effective in providing care for people living with HIV and preventing new infections if properly implemented, but whether or not the HIV community can trust the Trump administration at its word.

Dr Anthony Fauci directs the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and has always been on the forefront of the fight against HIV/Aids.

"It showed we had a very geographically focused outbreak, that if we could augment the capacity of those 48 counties to respond to new infections we could drastically reduce the number of new infections", he said.

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.

One recent advance has been the emergence of drugs like Truvada, which are used for both treating active infection and as "pre-exposure prophylaxis" (PrEP) - a preventive strategy for people deemed at high risk for infection. But while most stakeholders say the administration's goal can be realized with the progress that has been made in treatments and prevention in the past two decades, they remain mostly skeptical of the White House's commitment to the effort.

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.

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. Today, there are over 1.1 million people living with HIV and almost 40,000 new diagnoses each year. The black community accounted for 43 percent of all HIV diagnoses in the US despite making up 13 percent of the USA population.

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".

Reported cases of AIDS and HIV are on the rise in this state. "One of the things that concern us is that the Trump administration has done everything that it can to limit healthcare through trying to dismantle the ACA", said Dr. David Hardy, board chairman for the HIV Medicine Association.