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State of the Union: Trump Announces Plan to Stop Spread of HIV by 2030

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 5: U.S. President Donald Trump, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence looking on, delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol Building on February 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump's …
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KRISTINA WONG

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday during the State of the Union Address that he is setting an objective to eliminate the spread of HIV within the United States by 2030.

“No force in history has done more to advance the human condition than American freedom. In recent years we have made remarkable progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Scientific breakthroughs have brought a once-distant dream within reach.

“My budget will ask Democrats and Republicans to make the needed commitment to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years. We have made incredible strides. Incredible,” he said.

“Together we will defeat AIDS in America and beyond,” Trump said to applause.

There are currently more than a million Americans living HIV, and about 40,000 new infections are diagnosed here every year, according to Vox.

African-American gay and bisexual men are most affected by HIV in the U.S., according to the outlet. Diagnoses in the mid-20s to mid-30s age cohort have been rising in recent years.

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