GLAAD Calls on President Trump to Launch Global Race to Find Cure for HIV and AIDS

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Global effort led by U.S. would build on President’s commitment to ending HIV transmissions domestically by 2030

NEW YORK – GLAAD – the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization – today called on President Donald Trump to make a bold new pledge for the United States of America to lead the way in finding a safe cure for HIV and AIDS. This pledge, aimed at starting a global race to find a cure for HIV and AIDS, would solidify the Trump Administration’s domestic campaign to end HIV transmissions in the United States by 2030. GLAAD’s action follows news reports of a second human now being declared cured of HIV and AIDS by researchers in Seattle.  

“HIV and AIDS should never be a political issue, and the United States of America must lead the way on finding a cure. The President made a bold commitment in his State of the Union, and we intend to hold him to his pledge and push him, this Administration, and future administrations harder to do more and to do it faster. President Trump must back his words with action,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO at GLAAD.

GLAAD has asked the media to hold President Trump and his administration accountable after reports suggested that the President will seek to “end HIV transmissions by 2030.” However, as the research showed, the Administration has rolled back funding of research that seeks to find a cure and better treatment, as well as added to the stigma faced by people living with HIV. The Trump Administration also announced a global effort last month to decriminalize homosexuality worldwide, a campaign President Trump knew nothing about.   

Since taking office, the Trump Administration has unleashed more than 95 attacks against LGBTQ Americans in policy and rhetoric, which includes shutting down an HIV and AIDS research facility in Montana and firing the White House Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. GLAAD’s Trump Accountability Project (TAP) has catalogued every anti-LGBTQ action by this administration, available at