Organizations Release Statements On President’s FY 2020 Budget Proposal For HIV, Infectious Diseases Spending

Health GAP: Trump Budget Proposes Largest Ever Cuts to Global HIV Programs
“Just one month ago, President Trump promised during the State of the Union address to defeat HIV in the U.S. and beyond. But the president’s budget proposal … would wipe out years of progress in the effort to end the AIDS pandemic. … At the level of cuts proposed, PEPFAR and the Global Fund would interrupt the provision of life-saving treatment for people living with HIV and scale back essential HIV prevention programs. … [Congress] must consider the president’s budget dead on arrival … and appropriate the necessary increases to address the global AIDS crisis…” (3/11).

HIV Medicine Association: Administration Budget Proposal Takes Steps Towards Ending Epidemic, Undermined by Concurrent Cuts
“The White House budget proposal for 2020 recommends increases to the domestic HIV programs at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and Indian Health Services that will be essential to keeping the administration’s promise of ending our nation’s HIV epidemic in the next decade. Deep cuts planned in the same proposal however, to the Medicaid program, to the National Institutes of Health, and U.S.-led global HIV responses, counter those increases and would gravely compromise efforts to eliminate new infections here, and, as the president said in his State of the Union Address ‘everywhere.’ … Deep cuts to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and to the U.S. contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria would gravely weaken American leadership of HIV responses and reverse progress in reducing new HIV infections worldwide…” (3/12).

Infectious Diseases Society of America: White House Budget Plan Shows Some Investment but Inadequate Commitment to Sustained Public Health Responses
“The president’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal released Monday is responsive to some of our nation’s most urgent public health challenges. The proposal, however, also neglects, and even deeply undermines critically needed investments in both immediate and long-term responses to infectious disease threats. … These [proposed] cuts would come at a time when ending the worldwide public health threat of these leading infectious disease killers is within sight. These proposed cuts stand at odds with the administration’s stated goal to ‘end HIV here and everywhere’…” (3/12).

Treatment Action Group: Treatment Action Group Statement on the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Proposal
“Treatment Action Group (TAG) opposes the President’s FY 2020 budget proposal… TAG welcomes additional investments in HIV prevention and treatment towards eliminating HIV in the U.S. However, the federal budget’s [proposed funding cuts to] equally important areas across domestic and global health programs, social services, and research raises tremendous doubt about the administration’s commitment to end HIV. We are also concerned about the fate of related epidemics such as hepatitis C (HCV) and tuberculosis (TB)…” (March 2019).

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