Friday, January 28, 2022

Biden’s HIV / AIDS strategy calls racism a “public health threat”

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Biden administration, in its new HIV / AIDS strategy, calls racism a “public health threat” that must be fully recognized as the world seeks to end the epidemic.

The strategy, released Wednesday on the occasion of the annual World AIDS Day celebrations, is intended to serve as the basis for how the administration sets out to shape its policies, research, programs and planning over the next three years.

The new strategy argues that, over generations, “structural inequalities have resulted in racial and ethnic inequalities in health that are serious, far-reaching and unacceptable.”

To reduce inequality, the strategy includes calls to focus on the needs of disproportionately affected populations, uphold racial justice, combat HIV-related stigma and discrimination, and provide leadership and employment opportunities for people infected or at risk of HIV infection.

In addition to addressing the impact of racism on Americans who are battling or at risk of contracting the virus, the new strategy also places greater emphasis on harm reduction and syringe provision programs, encourages reform of government laws that criminalize behavior of people with HIV for potentially exposing others, and pays more attention. the needs of a growing population of aging people with HIV.

More than 36 million people worldwide, including 700,000 in the United States, have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the epidemic began more than 40 years ago. About 38 million people are living with HIV, including 1.2 million in the United States.

President Joe Biden is due to deliver a speech on the occasion of World AIDS Day. His administration recently announced that it will host the Global Fund to Fight AIDS conference next year. The United States has contributed about $ 17 billion to the fund, accounting for about a third of all donor contributions.

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