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U.S. Cuts To Global AIDS Funding Would Increase HIV-Related Deaths In South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Study Shows

Reuters Health: Cutting U.S. foreign aid for HIV would cost lives, without much savings
“Reducing U.S. foreign aid for HIV prevention and treatment might not save that much money in the long run, and it could lead to a surge in new infections and fatalities, a new study suggests. A U.S. budget proposal to reduce foreign aid by one-third would affect [funding] earmarked for HIV/AIDS research, prevention, and treatment, researchers note in the Annals of Internal Medicine, online August 28…” (Rapaport, 8/28).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Trump’s HIV aid cuts could cost nine million life years lost in South Africa, Ivory Coast
“…In the first study to measure the impact of cuts in global investment in HIV care in terms of health and costs, scientists found skyrocketing deaths in the African nations would far outweigh savings. … Should the cuts keep South Africans and Ivorians from receiving antiretroviral drugs, an additional 1.8 million HIV-infected people would die over the next 10 years, 11 researchers in America, Europe, and Africa concluded, using mathematical models. The combined deaths amount to nearly nine million years of life lost, the scientists calculated, in what they said was the first effort to put figures on the proposed cuts…” (Malo, 8/28).

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