Advocates At IAS 2017 Express Concern Over Proposed U.S. Funding Cuts To Global AIDS Programs

Agence France-Presse: ‘Draconian’ U.S. funding cuts would cost lives: AIDS meeting
“Leaders in the fight against HIV on Sunday urged the U.S. government, the largest donor to global AIDS research and treatment, to reject ‘draconian’ funding cuts proposed by President Donald Trump. Any funding lapse, they said, will be counted in human lives…” (Le Roux, 7/23).

Agence France-Presse: Headway on AIDS threatened by funding slowdown
“…If adopted by Congress, the 2018 Trump budget could deprive some 830,000 people … from life-saving anti-AIDS drugs, according to calculations by the Kaiser Family Foundation … A Trump budget could lead to nearly 200,000 new HIV infections, according to … KFF…” (Le Roux/Hood, 7/22).

Deutsche Welle: AIDS conference: U.S. cuts could hurt fight against HIV virus
“…International AIDS Society (IAS) President Linda-Gail Bekker … urged the United States to maintain the country’s previous financial commitment to research aimed at defeating the deadly virus and warned that the costs of reduced funding would take a human toll…” (7/24).

International Business Times: Global HIV/AIDS Programs Under Threat From Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts
“…Last week, the United Nations said more than half of all people [living with HIV] have access to treatment but advocates remain concerned [about] Trump’s proposed budget cuts from the biggest donor nation…” (Roy, 7/23).

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