How Trump’s Ambitious Goal To End HIV Epidemic Stacks Up Against Obama’s Cancer Moonshot
Then-President Barack Obama's moonshot quickly mobilized hundreds of scientists, a dozen agencies and a range of non-health companies from Amazon to Lyft, garnered bipartisan congressional support, and relied on painstaking groundwork that had been laid. President Donald Trump's HIV goals appear to be on shakier grounds.
From Moonshot To HIV Eradication
Moonshots have to start on earth. Extensive groundwork went into President Barack Obama’s cancer moonshot, announced during his final State of the Union. And the ambitious project is still blazing ahead, albeit in a different form than it might have under a Democratic administration, with broad bipartisan and science community support. (Owermohle, 2/19)
White House Plan To Stop HIV Faces A Tough Road In Oklahoma
One of the goals President Trump announced in his State of the Union address was to stop the spread of HIV in the U.S. within 10 years. In addition to sending extra money to 48 mainly urban counties, Washington, D.C., and San Juan, Puerto Rico, Trump's plan targets seven states where rural transmission of HIV is especially high. Health officials and doctors treating patients with HIV in those states say any extra funding would be welcome. But they say that strategies that work in progressive cities like Seattle won't necessarily work in rural areas of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Carolina. (Fortier, 2/19)