Should the ACA still be the law of the land come Oct. 1, the next big challenge for HIV and health care advocates will be fighting back against the Trump administration's underhanded efforts to drive down enrollment in ACA marketplaces.
The plan takes the foot off the gas for more than 37 countries PEPFAR does not designate as "priority," leaving behind millions of people living with HIV due to a lack of resources and a waning commitment to evidence-based strategies.
Several leading HIV community organizations have released harsh rebukes in response to an announcement by President Trump on Sept. 5 that he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program within six months.
It's not surprising that Trump lashed out at a black business leader, instead of violent racists, says Tim Murphy. But let's note the hypocrisy of that drug pricing jab -- and learn what we can do to actually lower drug costs.
"Why don't you get educated Mr Trump?" Maria Mejia writes. "Not only are you stigmatizing us but you are gutting us and even cutting funds for research to find the HIV cure!"
Gina Brown, one of six resigning PACHA members, says, "We know that the squeaky wheel gets the oil. And we will squeak, squeak, squeak" till people living with HIV have our voices heard and our needs met.
The HIV community should support those who left the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), and those who stayed, writes Drew Gibson: "We need every ounce of advocacy we can get right now."
President Trump's budget is viewed as "dead on arrival" by members of Congress, notes Drew Gibson. But don't be fooled, he says: Killer HIV funding threats are not going away -- and here's what you need to do about it.
The Trump administration released the first detailed version of its proposed federal budget on May 23. Leading organizations within the HIV community were quick to condemn it.
Trump's budget plan cuts funds for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, the Minority AIDS Initiative, Medicaid and more. AIDS United urges action from Congress to invest in the lives of people with HIV.