In his State of the Union Address on February 5 of this year, President Trump surprised many by announcing that his Administration would launch a major initiative to eliminate the HIV epidemic by 2030. Although details have not yet been forthcoming, HIV experts at the CDC, NIH and HHS have suggested that the initiative will focus on bringing the benefits of our existing treatment and prevention tools to the areas most hard-hit by the epidemic: seven Southern states, a number of urban areas and Puerto Rico. While these claims are intriguing and seem promising to many, they are difficult to reconcile with Administration policies over the last two years that have sought to eliminate or weaken the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and Medicare, which are essential to providing the necessary access to good, affordable health care. Even more disturbing, the fight against the HIV epidemic has been weakened by the Trump Administration’s anti-LGBT and anti-immigrant pronouncements and policies; its pronouncements and policies that express and encourage hostility to people of color; and its opposition to efforts to protect injection drug users from HIV infection. How should LGBT advocates and persons struggling for racial justice respond to these tensions? In this workshop, national leaders in the fight against HIV will discuss the latest developments in federal HIV policy and the community’s strategic response.
Speakers: Sean Bland (O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center); Ronda Goldfein (AIDS Law of Pennsylvania); William D. McColl (AIDS United); Terrance Moore (National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors); Sable Nelson (NMAC)