Lives on the Line: The Human Impact of Proposed Cuts to Global HIV Funding
The Trump Administration's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019 would slash funding for HIV treatment and services under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) by $800 million -- over a 17% decrease. This substantial cut could result in over a million people experiencing HIV treatment disruptions, leading to tens of thousands of preventable AIDS-related deaths for adults and children. And since people living with HIV who are on treatment are 96% less likely to pass HIV on to their partners, reducing access to treatment would lead to a rise in new HIV infections that would severely undermine progress on curbing the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.
[Note from TheBody: This article was originally published by amfAR in April 2018. We have cross-posted it with their permission.]