Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson and Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), were joined by community stakeholders on Aug. 23 for a discussion about the status of the HIV epidemic. While new HIV diagnoses have declined significantly from their peak level, HIV continues to be a major public health issue.
To address this ongoing crisis, the Trump administration has announced a 10-year initiative titled “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America,” which aims to reduce new HIV infections by 75 percent in five years, and by 90 percent by 2030. The multi-year program will initially target counties across the nation that have the highest number of new HIV diagnoses, which includes Miami-Dade and Broward.
Host of the roundtable Wilson’s District 24 has some of the highest HIV/AIDS statistics in the nation. The discussion addressed funding opportunities available for the development of plans and programs and ideas on the best ways to target and end the HIV epidemic locally. The roundtable was convened at Jessie Trice Community Health System, 5607 NW 27 Ave., in Miami.