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posted Friday, February 8, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 06
Trump promises to end HIV transmissions: Take it with several grains of salt
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Trump promises to end HIV transmissions: Take it with several grains of salt

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In his State of the Union address, Donald Trump announced that his administration planned to end HIV transmission in the United States by 2030.

Both political leaders and LGBT activists lauded the goal but also expressed skepticism about Trump's commitment to help.

'The president's call for ending HIV transmission in America is interesting, but if he is serious about ending the HIV/AIDS crisis, he must end his assault on health care and the dignity of the LGBTQ community,' Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said after the speech.

'What LGBTQ people know is this: the Trump administration is the most anti-LGBTQ in modern history, and will seemingly stoop to any low to roll back the hard-won progress of marginalized communities in this country,' Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO at GLAAD, added.

In fact, the Trump administration has compiled a dismal record on HIV issues, including abuse of HIV-positive individuals.

For example, in December last year, the administration discharged two Air Force members after learning they were HIV positive. The Department of Defense not only ended their careers but also publicly disclosed their HIV status.

Only ten days earlier, the administration shut down an HIV research facility in Montana because National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists there were using fetal tissue as a part of a research program searching for a cure for HIV.

In April 2018, it came to light that the so-called President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief gave a sizable grant to Focus on the Family for a project the anti-LGBT hate group was running in Africa.

In January 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services issued new protocols that shield health care workers who refuse to treat LGBT patients or those living with HIV by claiming moral or religious objections.

The previous December, Trump fired the entire White House Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. The same month, he left the LGBT community and people of color out of his World AIDS Day Proclamation. He also failed to mention the LGBTQ community in his National HIV Testing Day statement.

In March 2017, the Trump administration submitted a budget proposal to Congress cutting HIV and AIDS research funding through NIH.

In the same month, Tump appointed anti-LGBT activist and former Heritage Foundation employee Roger Severino to lead the Health and Human Services Civil Rights Office, putting the LGBT community at risk of losing access to critical and affordable health care.

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