Trump's revamped AIDS council meets for first time

Trump's revamped AIDS council meets for first time
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The president’s new advisory panel on HIV/AIDS will meet Thursday for the first time since President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE fired all the panel’s members in late 2017.

The council will be led by Carl Schmid of The AIDS Institute, a patient advocacy group, as well as Washington state Health Secretary John Wiesman. Both co-chairs were sworn in earlier this year.

Other appointments to the 11-member council include academics, public health officials, and drug company executives.


The panel is slated to spend two days discussing the administration’s plans to end the HIV epidemic in 10 years, a goal first announced during Trump's State of the Union address in February.

The multiyear, multiagency plan would direct “substantial” money to parts of the country most impacted by HIV, including counties in California, Florida and Georgia.

Trump’s budget requested $291 million toward that effort. The funding request includes $140 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for testing and prevention while “directly supporting states and localities in the fight against HIV.”

However, the budget also called for deep cuts to the National Institutes of Health and CDC as well as global HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. It also proposed slashing Medicaid funding and ending ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion.

The council was formed by former President Clinton, with the primary duty of providing advice, information and recommendations to the administration on ways to promote treatment, prevention and cure of HIV/AIDS.

In late December 2017, Trump terminated every member of the panel after six members resigned in protest, saying that Trump doesn't care about HIV.