The International AIDS Society (IAS) on Sunday called on President Trump to recommit and increase funding for HIV/AIDS research, warning that his “draconian” spending cuts could cause more deaths, Newsweek reported.
“Draconian cuts to research and… HIV funding is a catastrophe we cannot afford to see happen,” IAS president Linda-Gail Bekker said at the group’s conference in Paris.
“These onslaughts on funding, principles, and programs have already begun to erode the gains we have so painstakingly made,” she added.
“If we do not actively move forward on the HIV response, then we are sliding back. Sliding back means sick patients, lost lives, ongoing transmission and infected children — a world that we do not want to go back to.”
The Hill added:
Trump’s proposed budget includes major cuts to global health programs that previously contributed to research against HIV and AIDS as well as other medical research. The U.S. contributed 66.4 percent of funding into the global fund for HIV research in 2015, Newsweek reported.
Globally, the total funding for HIV research declined by 8 percent between 2014 and 2015.