President Trump said his administration intends to cure AIDS and beat childhood cancer.
Speaking at a campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, Trump said his administration would achieve the optimistic ideals “very soon,” the Washington Examiner reports.
“We will achieve new breakthroughs in science and medicine,” the president predicted, speaking of the different things he could accomplish with another four years in office. “I see what they are doing. I see it. They show me. The things we are doing in our country today. There’s never been anything like it. We will be ending the AIDS epidemic shortly in America, and curing childhood cancer very shortly.”
Two goals @realDonaldTrump promised he would accomplish last night:
— Cure AIDS
–Beat Childhood Cancerhttps://t.co/TuXkS3AsTs
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 2, 2019
The new promises echo comments Trump made in June, where he said he would “come up with the cures to many, many problems, to many, many diseases including cancer and others. And we’re getting closer all the time.”
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MSN reports Trump’s ambitions on ending the AIDS epidemic in America was first introduced in his State of the Union address in February:
Trump said in the State of the Union that he would end HIV transmission by 2030, a task that Kaiser called “doable but daunting.”
Ending the transmission of the AIDS-causing virus is “a goal long sought by public health advocates,” Kaiser reported. “But even given the vital gains made in drug therapies and understanding of the disease over nearly 40 years, it is not an easy undertaking.”
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“The reason we have an AIDS epidemic is not just for a lack of the medication,” Dr. Kenneth Mayer, medical research director at the Boston LGBT health center Fenway Institute, told Kaiser’s Carmen Heredia Rodriguez. “There are a lot of social, structural, individual behavioral factors that may impact why people become infected, may impact if people who are infected engage in care and may impact or affect people who are at high risk of HIV.”
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who provided details of the initiative after Trump’s announcement, said the administration will target viral hot spots by providing local groups more resources, using data to track the spread of the disease and creating local task forces to bolster prevention and treatment.
Azar said the plan seeks to reduce new infections by 75% in the next five years and 90% in the next decade.