Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Trump budget proposal goes backwards on HIV/AIDS

NSW campaign to end HIV
Here in New South Wales the Ending HIV campaign has been going for a few years now. It's aim is early treatment of those infected with HIV to make them undetectable and therefore unable to spread the virus. This is done through a campaign of education, amongst other things. For example the NSW gov (conservative) has made HIV meds free in the state by paying what the patient would otherwise have to pay through the PBS.

Trumps proposed cuts however would put this in reverse for those affected by the cuts. It's nonsensical, as there will be an increase in infection rates.

According to a new White House document distributed to congressional appropriators, Trump is calling on a $1.23 billion cut in funding to the National Institutes of Health, a major biomedical research facility under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

 Of that $1.23 billion, the hardest hit program would be a $300 million cut to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which aims to eradicate HIV/AIDS and treat those affected by the disease.

 Bloomberg reports that this would be done by reducing the number of patients accepted into the program, and defunding “low-performing countries.” Queerty