July 24, 2017

‘Draconian’ US funding cuts would cost lives: AIDS meeting

Written by Mariëtte Le Roux

This article originally appeared on Yahoo.

Paris (AFP) – Leaders in the fight against HIV on Sunday urged the US government, the largest donor to global AIDS research and treatment, to reject “draconian” funding cuts proposed by President Donald Trump.

Any funding lapse, they said, will be counted in human lives.

“As we gather today, the largest and most important donor in HIV response has threatened devastating cuts to funding for research and treatment programmes,” International AIDS Society president Linda-Gail Bekker told a global HIV science conference in Paris.

“Draconian cuts to research and… HIV funding is a catastrophe we cannot afford to see happen,” she said.

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