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Trump launched an ambitious effort to end HIV. House Republicans want to defund it

Updated: May 7

The Trump administration's initiative to end the HIV epidemic in the United States, launched in 2019 with bipartisan support, is now facing substantial cuts proposed by House Republicans. The proposed spending bill would cut $1.6 billion from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including eliminating funding for the agency's share of the HIV program. These cuts come amid other reductions to CDC budgets for childhood vaccination programs and prevention of sexually transmitted infections. Click here for article.

Proposed Cuts and Impact:

  • The proposed cuts would eliminate the CDC's share of the Trump HIV program and other funding channels, potentially slowing progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

  • Other targeted programs include those focusing on climate change, gun violence research, and health worker vaccine mandates.

  • These cuts could undermine the progress made in reducing new HIV infections and maintaining viral suppression, particularly in high-priority areas in the South, where the epidemic is most prevalent.

Response and Challenges:

  • Democratic lawmakers and HIV policy advocates are pushing back against the proposed cuts, warning of the potential impact on public health and progress toward ending the epidemic.

  • The CDC's new director, Mandy Cohen, faces the challenge of advocating for the agency's interests amid budget negotiations and political polarization.

  • Former CDC officials express concern about the politicization of public health and the risk of substantial cuts slipping through, despite the agency's efforts to address pressing health issues like HIV and COVID-19.

Additional Information:

  • The proposed cuts also target other key public health initiatives, including programs addressing childhood vaccination, sexually transmitted infections, climate change, and gun violence research.

  • The CDC's response to COVID-19 has brought the agency back into the political spotlight, with potential implications for its funding and priorities moving forward.

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