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09 February 2019, 08:09 | Silvia Roy
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.
The objective is to scale back new infections by 75 % over five years and to "finish the H.I.V. epidemic in America" by 2030, mentioned Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of health and human providers, who coordinated growth of the formidable plan, outlined by Mr. Trump in his State of the Union address.
Trump's bold statement in his second State of the Union address Tuesday first triggered words of hope from America's embattled front-line groups that fight the deadly 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 United States authorities' initiative PEPFAR.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the agency will happily move forward on the administration's new initiative to eliminate HIV/AIDS, while stressing that tools within CDC reach "must be applied now" for maximum impact. About 37 million people around the world live with HIV today, and 22 million of those are receiving treatment.
Through collaboration across HHS by the CDC, National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Indian Health Service (IHS), the plan aims to reduce new HIV diagnoses by 75% within 5 years and by 90% within 10 years.
In 2018, "there were a little over 38 500 new infections in the United States", he said.
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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.
President Trump's plan to cease the transmission of H.I.V.in the USA will concentrate on 48 counties the place about half of the recent infections happen, administration officers mentioned on Tuesday.
HIV researchers and patient advocates have long known that the virus hits certain groups hardest, most notably gay and bisexual men of colour.
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.
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"If we are going to end HIV transmissions in the U.S., we need research to help understand how to effectively deliver the right interventions to the right communities at the right time", he said.
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.
Jacqueline Wilson of Jackson was diagnosed as HIV positive in 2006.
Mustanski believes that any plan aimed at eradicating HIV transmission within a decade must make PrEP available to these underserved communities.
'This effort can not move existing resources from one public health program and repurpose them to end HIV without serious consequences to our public health system, ' Michael Fraser, CEO of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, said in a statement. He agreed that the elimination of new cases of HIV infection by 2030 is possible - given certain conditions. The government has "been trying to address HIV, but never in such a focussed way", he said.
Redfield said the proposed initiative will focus on "four key strategies to meet the needs of communities with the highest HIV burden: diagnose new HIV infections; treat those with infection rapidly and effectively; protect people from being infected through access to comprehensive prevention and treatment, including medications that can prevent infection; and respond quickly to and stop new outbreaks".
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