Now, it appears that PACHA – although still technically intact – is bereft of any advisors whatsoever. No official statement from the White House has been made at the time of writing, and they did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Despite the incredible advances researchers have made when it comes to treating the global affliction, HIV/AIDS remains a pervasive, dangerous health problem. According to government statistics, over 1.1 million Americans are HIV positive today, and one in seven of them aren’t aware of it. Despite declines in infections, tens of thousands are diagnosed with the infection every single year.
It’s difficult to see how dismantling PACHA, which featured some of the nation’s best medical experts and advocates, will lead to an improvement in this regard.
Vulnerable demographics, including those requiring treatment for HIV, are quite clearly being brushed aside by the Trump administration. All attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), for example, would have had severe impacts on the poor, elderly, and already ill. Both at home and abroad, programs working on HIV/AIDS were up for drastic downsizing.
Aside from a few blog posts, barely any attention has been given to HIV/AIDS, and those involved in fighting the epidemic have said that they feel abandoned. Incidentally, the President himself hasn’t tweeted about HIV or AIDS once during his tenure.