“Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men are the population most affected by HIV in the United States.” – CDC
Microsoft News – President Donald Trump’s tweet Sunday recognizing World AIDS Day was met with criticism from Democrats who pointed out that his administration’s proposed budget for 2020 would slash funding for global HIV programs, putting countless lives at risk.
“The First Lady and I express our support for those living with HIV/AIDS and mourn the lives lost,” the president tweeted, adding that his administration is committed to eradicating AIDS in 10 years. “American leadership has proven that together we can save lives.”
The Democratic National Committee, meanwhile, said that Trump is “no ally of people living with HIV, who are disproportionately LGBTQ and people of color.”
DNC Chairman Tom Perez, DNC Disability Council Chairman Tony Coelho and DNC LGBTQ Caucus Chairman Earl Fowlkes said in joint statement Sunday:
“His administration has proposed cutting global HIV-prevention programs and attacked health care services that people living with HIV rely on, including the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Planned Parenthood.”
Trump’s proposed 2020 budget would cut funding to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), established during George W. Bush’s administration, by $1.35 billion. That’s roughly 30% less than the previous budget’s funding for the program.
What’s more, the Trump administration has proposed massive cuts to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS, which is a program that helps low-income people living with HIV/AIDS access housing.
“Cuts of this magnitude would result in countless new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths for a relatively small cost savings in the context of the federal budget,” amFAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research said in a statement in March after the 2020 budget request was released.
At the end of 2016, an estimated 1.1 million people in the U.S. aged 13 and older had HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2018, 37,832 more people were diagnosed with the virus … Read more.