Biden to propose to step up US fight against AIDS with research and treatment

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December 1 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden will unveil an updated national strategy on Wednesday to tackle the AIDS epidemic by increasing funding for research, improving access to treatment and recognizing the role of racism in inequitable access to medical services.

The third update to the national AIDS strategy since 2010 sets an ambitious goal of ending the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030, including a 75% reduction in new HIV infections. ‘by 2025 and a reduction of 90% by 2030.

HIV / AIDS has killed more than 36 million people worldwide – including more than 700,000 in the United States – since the virus was first identified in 1981.

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During the 2020 campaign, Biden vowed to update the National Strategy, which was launched in 2010 by President Barack Obama.

“President Biden is honoring this commitment by releasing the new national strategy on HIV / AIDS on World AIDS Day and providing a framework and direction for policy, research, programs and planning. ‘administration,’ said a senior administration official.

Biden announces the plan even as the world struggles to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 48 million people worldwide, including more than 700,000 in the United States. It is another illustration of the difficulties faced by world leaders in eradicating the 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 emphasis on opportunities to engage the private sector to help fight the HIV epidemic.

Biden’s budget request included $ 670 million for the continued implementation of the End the HIV Epidemic in the United States initiative, up $ 267 million from previous levels.

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Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw in Philadelphia; Editing by Scott Malone and Leslie Adler

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