WASHINGTON D.C. — (12-03-21) — President Biden said on World AIDS Day last Wednesday, that he sees the end of the HIV Epidemic “within reach”. The White House reaffirmed its promise to continue to invest in HIV research and bring an end to an epidemic that has plagued not only heterosexuals worldwide but especially the LGBTQ+ Community for 40 years.
Watch Biden’s Speech in Honor of World AIDS Day
In a statement released by the White House last Tuesday before his speech at the White House on World AIDS Day, his press office said that Biden acknowledges the “remarkable progress” that has been made in the 40 years since the first case of AIDS was reported by the CDC.
While acknowledging that there is still much work to be done and many more deaths to mourn, President Biden is determined to bring this epidemic to an end.
Biden also noted that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has also complicated the fight against HIV, especially since immunocompromised Americans are more susceptible to COVID-19.
“The pandemic has also interrupted HIV research and highlighted the work that still remains to achieve equitable access to HIV prevention, care, and treatment in every community — particularly for communities of color, adolescent girls and young women, and the LGBTQI+ community. This updated strategy will make equity a cornerstone of our response and bring a whole-of-government approach to fighting HIV,” wrote President Biden in his statement last Tuesday.
This includes a $670 million budget request for the Department of Health and Human Services’ ‘Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. Initiative’, which Biden announced in April.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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