Infectious Disease Expert Slams NY Times Headline on 'Lack of Testing' and NYT Reporter's Response Just Made It Worse
President Donald Trump has made over 16,000 false statements since his inauguration, from matters as petty as his father's birthplace to as consequential as the path of an oncoming hurricane.
Never in modern history has a President so easily, shamelessly, and repeatedly told such easily disprovable lies.
As part of his 2019 budget, President Trump is cutting funding for HIV/AIDS programs — again. This is a significant blow to people living with HIV/AIDS and not the first time that Trump has demonstrated a lack of support for those programs.
According to The Huffington Post, the proposed cuts include slashing $40 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control HIV/AIDS prevention programs, as well as cutting $24 million in federal housing programs for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Similar to other legislation proposed by the Trump administration, these cuts send a clear message of Trump’s utter disregard for LGBTQ Americans. Some analysts believe that Trump’s actions could contribute to nearly 300,000 deaths globally.
On the opening day of the 2017 International AIDS Conference in Paris, researchers presented a stunning case: a 9-year-old South African child who had been born with HIV was now free of the infection. The child, who remains unnamed to protect confidentiality, was part of a trial of 143 babies with HIV all given 40 weeks of antiretroviral medication beginning at 32 days old. By 40 weeks, the baby’s immune system did not show any symptoms of HIV and was the only child to exhibit such results.
Researchers were cautiously optimistic as this result harked back to the brief success of the “Mississippi Baby,” who had been treated for HIV infection after her birth in 2010 until 18 months old. A year after stopping the medication, they still could not detect the HIV virus in her blood. But their celebrations were short-lived. By 2014, the virus had rebounded, as it often does. The South African child, in contrast, remains HIV free almost a decade later.
We don’t talk enough about AIDS. Not anymore.
The as-yet incurable disease, caused by the HIV virus, has largely fallen out of media attention following its emergence as a public health crisis in the 1980s and ‘90s. This is due in part to innovations surrounding antiretroviral drugs, which now allow people to manage the disease, which previously had been a death sentence.