Rachel Maddow, host of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC and one of more effective television journalists investigating and commenting on the trials and tribulations of this era, also has strong roots in the HIV community.
Trump Sends Chilling Proposal to Congress With Deadly Proposition: Cap HIV Treatment Expansion Immediately
Trump wants to slash funding for the wildly successful and bipartisan-backed President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) by $300 million and "begin slowing the rate of new patients on treatment in FY 17."
Maintaining and expanding the accomplishments of the past depend on a fight for their survival and growth -- now more than ever.
Trump's early tough talk on drug pricing is now a pro-industry, anti-regulation GOP dreamscape.
Recent moves by the Trump administration mean that health questions about LGBT seniors will be more difficult to discern.
The Affordable Care Act might be safe for now, but Planned Parenthood isn't -- nor are the extensive HIV prevention and testing services it provides in areas that sorely need them.
"If one good thing has come from the Trump Administration's proposed policies, then it is an increasingly united front by the HIV community," Brandon M. Macsata writes.
"When the federal government erases LGBT older people from publicly funded elder services, it's effectively erasing most older Americans living with HIV at the same time," says Michael Adams of SAGE.
President's Budget Blueprint Threatens Research Essential to End the Epidemics of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis C Virus
"We call on Congress to reject these cuts to critical NIH research and any reprogramming and reorganization that takes already limited funding away from HIV/AIDS, TB, HCV, and other neglected diseases," Treatment Action Group writes.
It appears to spare Ryan White and Global AIDS, but it could take hard swipes at HIV research and prevention -- and Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid remain on the chopping block.