New HIV Advisory Council Announced But Trump’s HIV Budget Is Mixed News
In his State of the Union address this year, Donald Trump announced a new health initiative to end new HIV transmissions in the U.S. by 2030.
The announcement, while certainly laudable, was a surprise to HIV/AIDS activists who haven’t had much to cheer about since Trump took office.
In June of 2017, six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resigned via a public op-ed in Newsweek saying Trump “simply doesn’t not care” about HIV. They pointed to Trump’s failure to appoint a director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy as just one example of Trump’s disinterest in the subject.
The position continues to be vacant even today.
Six months later, the president dismissed the remaining members of the council with no explanation.