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Groups working to end AIDS fear losing ground under Trump

Advocates working to end the AIDS epidemic fear they may lose ground under the Trump administration after coming within reach of ending the disease’s siege in the U.S. and abroad.

Published
28 February 2018
From
The Hill
For The Trump Administration, Anti-LGBT Stances Inform HIV Policy

During their 13 months in power, the Trump administration has made it abundantly clear that they have no desire to protect the rights of the LGBT community and, if anything, are actively looking to undermine them.

Published
28 February 2018
From
AIDS United
Trump’s global gag rule goes far beyond abortion, groups say

President Donald Trump’s dramatic expansion of a ban on U.S. funding to foreign organizations that promote or provide abortions has left impoverished women around the world without treatment for HIV, malaria and other diseases, health groups say, calling it “devastating” because Trump went where no administration had gone before.

Published
23 January 2018
From
Associated Press
American HIV Activists Prepare for What Lies Ahead in 2018

In the past year, health advocacy in the U.S. was a real stressor. President Donald Trump (along with the GOP-led houses of Congress) came into office fully focused on dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and reforming taxes to benefit the wealthy. This move could have taken us back to the days of AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) waiting lists, people with HIV being denied coverage, and people being refused coverage for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

Published
16 January 2018
From
The Body
Experts worry about consequences of Trump’s HIV/AIDS council firings

Without explanation, the Trump administration fired every remaining member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) in letters on Dec. 27. The firings came 6 months after six members of the council publicly resigned in a letter that said President Donald J. Trump “simply does not care” about the subject of HIV/AIDS. Experts question the timing and meaning of the terminations by a White House now seen as detached from the HIV/AIDS community and possibly disdainful of science-based solutions to public health issues.

Published
10 January 2018
From
Healio
Trump administration fires all members of HIV/AIDS advisory council

The remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS were fired en masse this week. Months after a half-dozen members resigned in protest of the Trump administration's position on health policies, the White House dismissed the rest through a form letter.

Published
31 December 2017
From
Washington Post
CDC Reportedly Bans Words Including “Transgender” and “Science-Based”

The Trump Administration is forbidding policy analysts at the nation’s main public health agency from using seven words and phrases, including transgender, fetus and evidence-based, in official documents dealing with the upcoming budget, The Washington Post reported. That assertion is a “complete mischaracterization of discussions,” says an HHS spokesperson.

Published
19 December 2017
From
Poz
Trump Marks World AIDS Day. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Answers from the Twitterverse.

Published
04 December 2017
From
Poz
Now Mugabe is gone there is a chance to get HIV/AIDS under control

In Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, the poor and the marginalised with HIV/AIDS lived on borrowed time. Although there were significant strides in reducing the country’s HIV prevalence from an average of 27% in the 1990s to less than 15% in 2017, those pushed into extreme poverty continue to fight a daily battle against corruption and prejudice which limits their access to vital treatment, support and care. Now Mugabe is gone there is a glimmer of hope. But Zimbabwe’s new leaders need to take action quickly before more lives are lost.

Published
01 December 2017
From
The Conversation
Cuba’s HIV Sanatoriums: Prisons or Public Health Tool?

An interview with Dr. Jorge Pérez Ávila, former sanatorium director and renowned HIV expert, and medical anthropologist and activist Alfredo González, on Cuba’s controversial sanatorium system.

Published
27 November 2017
From
North American Congress on Latin America

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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