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Opinion Pieces Discuss Potential Implications Of Trump Administration On HIV/AIDS Progress

The Guardian: America under Trump must not overlook the importance of women in battling HIV
Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity

“…As we mark World AIDS Day with a Trump-Pence administration looming, we must redouble our commitment to advancing the health and rights of women and girls. Advocates, donors, and NGOs must work harder than ever to fight for continued investment in HIV prevention for adolescent girls and young women. Moreover, we must be vigilant in our fight against policies that pull the rug out from under women and girls and threaten global public health outcomes. The bottom line is that we can’t turn the tide on HIV without women and girls” (12/1).

The Guardian: Under Donald Trump, the scourge of HIV/AIDS is going to get worse
Steven W. Thrasher, writer-at-large for Guardian U.S.

“…Donald Trump is set to preside over a newly harmful period in HIV history. It’s not just that Trump literally doesn’t mention HIV/AIDS in his health care policy, nor that he’s generally anti-science. It’s not even just that every single Trump cabinet pick so far has some kind of anti-LGBT record. I am terrified that two of his most important picks — Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Tom Price — know exactly how to harm Americans (disproportionately black and/or LGBT Americans) by way of HIV/AIDS. … As we remember today the tens of millions who have died from AIDS and who live with HIV, we must recommit ourselves to fighting a virus which will likely be allowed to flourish by … the incoming administration” (12/1).

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