HIV/AIDS Cure, Prevention Bleak Under Donald Trump Government; Administration 'Has No Strategy'

By Jacques Strauss, | June 18, 2017

 Donald Trump speaks to the public (YouTube)

Donald Trump speaks to the public (YouTube)

The search for definitive HIV/AIDS cure and prevention may be unpromising while Donald Trump is still in the White House. The administration has no strategy according to the six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS who recently resigned.

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Scott Schoettes, Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle Ogle and Grissel Granados were part of the council which was supposed to improve the fight against AIDS. However, their recent joint letter somehow highlighted the incongruent actions of the current administration.

Based on their letter, they have explicitly stated that "Trump doesn't care about HIV." The group cited that the current administration does not consult experts when working on policy, for the lack of better word, the administration "has no strategy."

The group claims that the Donald Trump administration is pushing laws that will harm people affected by HIV. They fear that it will undermine the previous and current breakthroughs in the battle against HIV/AIDS. They chose to resign, and help from the outside.

"As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care. We will be more effective from the outside, advocating for change and protesting policies that will hurt the health of the communities we serve and the country as a whole if this administration continues down the current path," The Hill quoted members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS as saying.

The role of the government in fighting a disease like AIDS is of great importance. Along with private sectors, the government is the principal entity to push the search for HIV/AIDS cure massively and augment prevention methods.

However, with the current standing of the Trump administration, the future of people living with HIV and AIDS may be bleak, much more finding a conclusive solution for it. As of the current writing, 1.1 million individuals in the United States are living with HIV, and 1 in 7 of them don't know it, according to CDC.

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