Trump Administration’s Proposed Cuts To HIV/AIDS Funding Threaten Decades Of Gains, ONE Report Shows; Advocacy Groups Urge Congress To Maintain Funding

Associated Press: Health groups urge Congress not to allow AIDS fight to wane
“A coalition of nearly 40 advocacy groups said Wednesday they’re concerned about the Trump administration’s commitment to the global fight against AIDS so they’re urging senior members of Congress to make sure money for key prevention programs isn’t cut back. The groups wrote in a letter sent Wednesday to congressional leaders that they have ‘profound concern’ about the direction the Trump administration appears to be taking in the response to AIDS…” (Lardner, 11/29).

CBS News: Trump budget cuts could result in millions of new AIDS-related infections, says new report
“Leading up to World AIDS Day, the ONE Campaign released a damning report on the potential impact of the White House’s proposed … cut[s] to HIV/AIDS efforts that experts predict could result in millions of new HIV infections and hundreds of thousands of deaths, reversing progress the world has made in the fight against AIDS. ‘The FY 2018 budget proposal would have led to the first global increase in new HIV infections since 1995, with nearly 200,000 additional HIV infections in the first year,’ the report, entitled ‘Red Ribbon or White Flag, The future of the U.S. Global AIDS Response,’ reads. ‘If these cuts were maintained, nearly 600,000 additional people could be infected by 2020, dragging the world back to levels of new infections last seen in 2011’…” (Alemany, 11/29).

Devex: ONE Campaign slams Trump administration’s ‘retreat’ from HIV leadership
“… ‘Federal agencies have been instructed to make even deeper cuts in their FY 2019 proposals, which can only make matters worse,’ the report reads, citing a White House memorandum. So far, the U.S. Congress has rejected the White House’s proposal to slash funding to these programs. PEPFAR, in particular, enjoys broad bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, and multiple lawmakers have voiced their opposition to funding reductions…” (Igoe, 11/29).

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