President Trump outlined a plan to 'eliminate' HIV in the US by 2030, and experts say it’s actually possible
Still, the epidemic rages on in some communities around the US. More than 38,000 Americans were infected last year, and in 2016 (the latest year for which federal data is available) 6,160 US deaths were directly attributed to HIV. Health officials are convinced that with the drugs we have today, the US can bring those numbers down.
"In recent years, we have made remarkable progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS," President Donald Trump said Tuesday during his State of the Union address. "My budget will ask Democrats and Republicans to make the needed commitment to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years."
Public health experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) say that if new HIV funding gets approved, they have a plan to prevent 75% of new HIV infections by 2025 and 90% by 2030.