Skepticism, Careful Optimism Marks Trump's Ambitious HIV Elimination Plan

Skepticism, Careful Optimism Marks Trump’s Ambitious HIV Elimination Plan

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President Donald Trump’s ambitious plan to eliminate HIV from United States within next years has sparked mixture of optimism and skepticism from medical experts and healthcare professionals.  The Health and Human Services department has outlined a detailed proposal to overhaul the current federal HIV\AIDS program and bring it in line with effective models that are currently in use in New York, Washington and San Francisco. The diagnosis of new HIV cases has dropped significantly in these locations after introduction of public health initiatives link HIV-positive patients to treatment immediately and at-risk individuals close to them are advised to take pre-exposure prophylaxis to ensure that they do not get infected.

According to Alex Azar Health Secretary this kind of program that employs powerful tools for prevention and treatment can help to pinpoint locations where this disease is concentrated and spreading rapidly. But veteran health workers belonging to federal health network that have been working on prevention and eradication of this disease for years say that though it is possible to end it with use of these new tools one needs data to move forward which as of now is very limited. Health Secy Brett Giroir has outlined a new plan to drive down its growth.

He stated that after application of federal four point plan to drive down HIV infections it would be effective in reducing new infections by 75 percent within five years and removing them by 90 percent in another five years. So the use of tools like diagnose, treat, protect and respond would help in eradicating the disease as early diagnosis would enable early treatment and contain spread of the infection. Giroir stated that high risk group people would be treated and protected while all outbreaks would be responded to with overwhelming force. These goals would use biomedical interventions instead of just relying on condoms to drive down infections to 4000 by 2030.