Trump Administration looks to end HIV epidemic
UNITED STATES--- The Trump Administration released a plan Tuesday to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030. The plan centers around providing PrEP drugs to free for low income, at risk individuals.
There are currently about 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States. Access to preventative medication, along with a lack of awareness continues to be the biggest problems in the fight against the virus.
The Trump Administration plans on providing drugs like Truvada, a preventative prophylaxis drug, for free for those who do not have prescription insurance. Currently, those drugs range from $1600 to $2000 for uninsured individuals.
Advocates say this is a huge step in the eradication of the disease."That’s one of the things we have to make sure that we have to look at nationally because of the fact that the drug cost is very, very high," said Latorya Greene, Chair of the Women and AIDS Coalition. "But we have to make sure we have layers to this thing and just think that one policy is going to change it all."