LGBTQ orgs react to SOTU pledge to end HIV transmissions

WASHINGTON — LGBTQ organization expressed a lot of doubt in response to Trump reportedly planning to promise to end HIV transmissions by 2030.

From Politico:

Under Trump’s 10-year strategy, health officials would target the U.S. communities with the most HIV infections and work to reduce transmissions by 2030. The strategy has been championed by top health officials, including HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CDC Director Robert Redfield.

While Trump’s plans for the address remain fluid — and one official cautioned that the speech is not finalized — HHS has pressed the White House to ensure the HIV strategy is highlighted on Tuesday night, said two individuals. The agency is also planning a broader rollout this week.

Both the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the Gay and Lessbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) pointed out the Trump administration has actively worked against people living with HIV.

“Unfortunately, President Trump’s announcement has already been undermined by his own Administration’s record and rhetoric, and there is no reason for LGBTQ Americans or anyone else to see this as anything more than empty rhetoric designed to distract from what’s really happening behind the scenes every day,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO at GLAAD.”

“If this administration wants to combat the spread of HIV, they need to immediately end their efforts to cut Medicaid funding, undermine the Affordable Care Act and license discrimination against the most at-risk communities when they seek healthcare,” said David Stacy, HRC Director of Government Affairs. “This administration simply cannot achieve this goal while, at the same time, charging forward with attacks on health care for the communities most impacted by HIV. The American public deserves a real commitment from their government to end the HIV epidemic.”

The administration’s track record, both before and after taking office have not helped fight against HIV.

Vice President Mike Pence is notorious for being Indiana governor as one of the worst HIV outbreaks in decades took place in southeastern Indiana, after the local Planned Parenthood clinic closed due to budget cuts from the state government.

The HRC pointed out that in 2017 the administration tried to cut funding for international HIV programs.

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