President Donald Trump has announced plans to rid the US of new transmissions of HIV by the year 2030. He made this known during his 2019 State of the Union address.
Government scientist have been working for months on ways to prevent spread of the disease by working to provide better treatment for those already infected.
“In recent years we have made remarkable progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS,” Trump told the nation.
“Scientific breakthroughs have brought a once-distant dream within reach. My budget will ask Democrats and Republicans to make the needed commitment to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years.”
“Together, we will defeat AIDS in America and beyond,” the president said.
The U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar II, described the project’s goals by stating that if the plan succeeds, the United States will,
“Become a country where the spread of HIV has been effectively halted, because every American with HIV/AIDS is receiving treatment and every American at risk for HIV is engaged in the right, proven prevention strategy,” Azar said
“I think the HIV community would work with the administration on this issue if they’re serious, but it’s also going to take real action, including possibly regulatory and legislative changes to achieve the goal,” said McColl.
Azar said the idea for the new push came from within the ranks of HHS, building on progress made over the last 30 years under administrations of both parties.
“There was a recognition that we were facing a unique and historic moment where all the strands were coming together,” said Azar. They took the idea to Trump, who “is personally invested in this,” said Azar.