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What Could Happen to Your HIV Health Care Under Trump -- and What You Can Do About It

American people living with HIV/AIDS who get their health care through Obamacare, Medicaid, Medicare or Ryan White are rightly scared about what is going to happen to their coverage amid Trump's and Republican's plans to repeal Obamacare and remake Medicare and Medicaid. I asked three HIV health care experts -- Kenyon Farrow at Treatment Action Group (TAG), Bill McColl at AIDS United and Lindsey Dawson at Kaiser Family Foundation -- to sketch out three possible scenarios: best, middle and worst case for people living with HIV.

31 January 2017
The Body
South African National AIDS Council in disarray

Within days, the SA National AIDS Council will have no CEO and there are fears that powerful individuals within the council intend to take advantage of the leadership vacuum for their own gain.

30 January 2017
Daily Maverick
Trump’s Anti-Abortion Rule Is Broader Than Anyone Expected

Donald Trump’s signing of an anti-abortion rule on Monday could put billions of dollars in US aid funding at risk — 14 to 16 times more money than initially thought, according to health groups. The rule applies to all US global health projects, including PEPFAR.

26 January 2017
What will Donald Trump's presidency mean for health? A scorecard

We propose criteria on which the global health community can judge the success or failure of a Trump presidency, based on a selection of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that apply to health.

24 January 2017
The Lancet (requires free registration)
Trump retains Deborah Birx at PEPFAR

This Inauguration Day brings an act of compassion, outreach and bipartisanship by the Trump leadership team. The Trump administration will retain Ambassador Deborah Birx as the coordinator of PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) until a successor is named and confirmed. This action was taken, I am told by administration sources, at the urging of Ivanka Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

23 January 2017
Washington Post
Trump asks NIH Director Francis Collins to stay on

Ending weeks of speculation, President-elect Donald Trump has asked National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins to remain in his position. It is not clear for how long.

22 January 2017
Trump Team’s Queries About Africa Point to Skepticism About Aid

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s views of Africa have, until now, been a mystery. But a series of questions from the Trump transition team to the State Department indicate an overall skepticism about the value of foreign aid, and even about American security interests, on the world’s second-largest continent.

17 January 2017
New York Times
Fighting Trump: HIV Advocates to Watch in 2017

Donald J. Trump and the Republican-controlled congress are a threat to everything HIV advocates have been fighting for during the last thirty years, and that includes access to healthcare, HIV prevention programs like PrEP, and the dignity with which we treat those who are most vulnerable to HIV infection. This new political reality is reflected in the 2017 list of HIV Advocates to Watch.

11 January 2017
My Fabulous Disease
US: Maps Compare Low Income With High HIV Rates

These maps show that some of the nation's poorest regions also have the highest HIV rates.

09 January 2017
HIV Plus
Repealing Obamacare will have “devastating” consequences for millions—and many who are living with HIV

People across the nation are worried for the future of America’s health insurance system. Will an incoming administration led by President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress fulfill promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) made along the campaign trail? What will become of people who now benefit from the ACA, particularly people with pre-existing conditions like HIV? And, what—if anything—can people who are worried do?

03 January 2017
BETA blog

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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

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

NAM’s information is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team for advice tailored to your situation.