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Biden to propose stepping up U.S. fight against AIDS with research, treatment

EconomyDec 01, 2021 11:06PM ET
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By Jarrett Renshaw

(Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday will unveil an updated national strategy to combat the AIDS epidemic by boosting money for research, increasing access to treatment, and recognizing the role racism plays in inequitable access to medical services.

The third update to the national AIDS strategy since 2010 sets a lofty target of ending the U.S. HIV epidemic by 2030, including a 75% reduction in new HIV infections by 2025 and a 90% reduction by 2030.

HIV/AIDS has killed more than 36 million people around the world - including more than 700,000 in the U.S. - since the virus was first identified in 1981.

During the 2020 campaign, Biden promised to update the national strategy, which was started in 2010 by President Barack Obama.

"President Biden is honoring that commitment by releasing the new national HIV/AIDS strategy on World AIDS Day and providing a framework and a direction for the administration's policies, research, programs and planning," a senior administration official said.

Biden is announcing the plan even as the world struggles to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 5.4 million people globally, including more than 700,000 in the United States. It is another illustration of the difficulties world leaders face in stamping out disease.

The new AIDS strategy, outlined in a 98-page document, seeks to address social issues that contribute to HIV risk and health outcomes. It encourages reform of state laws that criminalize HIV transmission and adds a new focus on opportunities to engage the private sector to help fight the HIV epidemic.

Biden's budget request included $670 million for continued implementation of the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. initiative — $267 million more than previous levels.

(This story corrects the number of COVID-19 deaths globally to more than 5.4 million in par 6)

Biden to propose stepping up U.S. fight against AIDS with research, treatment
 

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Catholic Man
CatholicMan Dec 03, 2021 12:12AM ET
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I can think of a couple activities people could stop that would help the HIV/AIDS to go away.
John Smit
John Smit Dec 01, 2021 11:57PM ET
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HIV virus is in the vaccine?
KING KONG
KING KONG Dec 01, 2021 9:39PM ET
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they been saying that for 2 century's
John Avenetti
John Avenetti Dec 01, 2021 7:01PM ET
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oh wait. a virus that's 40 years old and no jab? LMAO. scamdemic
Karl Kessler
Karl Kessler Dec 01, 2021 5:53PM ET
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Always more government spending, and less attention to the fundamentals that generate the money in the first place. How about some real attention to energy R&D? Then there will be plenty of resources to allocate to all of these needed initiatives. But without solid, new energy sources (fusion, LFTR, etc.), we're going to stay behind the curve on pretty much everything. I wish there was a broader understanding of this.
John Avenetti
John Avenetti Dec 01, 2021 5:53PM ET
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they have no interest in curing it. you think the govt wants to save you?? LOL. come on. they have a cure.
John Smit
John Smit Dec 01, 2021 5:53PM ET
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John Avenetti  Is HIV in the vaccines?
Karl Kessler
Karl Kessler Dec 01, 2021 5:53PM ET
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John Avenetti Yeah, I think the government can represent the people better than it does now. For sure, it's not their job to save us, it's their job to administer laws that allow us to best flourish. Right now, they're focusing their attention on doing what a few entrenched interests want them to do, and that could very well be diverging from what is best for us in the long run.
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Casador Del Oso Dec 01, 2021 4:58PM ET
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covid takes a back seat, again!
Steven Kilgore
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I think we all remeber the adds during the election stating Biden had a plan to end Covid. So far we are on tract to have more Covid deats this year (Biden presidency) than last year (Trump presidency). Maybe take care of thr promises you already made then making new ones you have zero ways of holding up.
John Smit
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And there were no vaccinations at that time. No we have them, but more deaths. Rats in the kitchen...or in the vaccine maybe?
Steven Kilgore
Steven Kilgore Dec 01, 2021 4:50PM ET
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I think we all remeber the adds during the election stating Biden had a plan to end Covid. So far we are on tract to have more Covid deats this year (Biden presidency) than last year (Trump presidency). Maybe take care of thr promises you already made then making new ones you have zero ways of holding up.
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how about taking care of this Covid 19 pandemic like you said in the presidential race first
 
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