American Journal of Managed Care | January 2, 2018
According to Jeffrey S. Crowley, program director, Infectious Disease Initiatives, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University, and former HIV/SIDS czar for President Obama, “This is a troubling development, but one that has the potential to distract us from what matters: working collectively to end the HIV epidemic in the United States and around the world.”
Currently, there are 1.2 million Americans living with HIV. While remarkable progress has been made, there is still work that needs to be done to move us closer to the day when HIV is no longer a public threat, said Crowley. While tools such as supplying sterile syringes to people who inject drugs, offering condoms, and providing a daily pill to HIV negative individuals with increased risk for infection have been utilized, the most marginalized and traumatized communities need increased access.