President Trump made a bold pledge on the fight against HIV/AIDS during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. While praising the medical and scientific progress that has been made in combating the virus, not once did he mention the LGBT communities personal struggles for decades.
Trump spoke of eradicating the HIV epidemic in 10 years by committing part of his upcoming budget to make further advances in the fight. While many organizations involved in HIV/AIDS advocacy were encouraged by the President’s message and promise, there could be some conflict with the current administration’s agenda.
The changes that have been proposed by the Trump Administration to the current healthcare system in this country could directly affect the availability of retroviral treatments. This coupled with the repeated hostility President Trump, his advisors and appointees have shows towards the LGBT community could make receiving medical care very difficult.