1.1 million people in the United States and 38 million worldwide are living with HIV/Aids. The president’s goal is to eliminate at least ninety percent of new HIV infections in the U.S. within ten years.
The proclamation says that will be made possible by focusing on diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and response.
President Trump says that success is contingent upon community interaction and outreach to people with HIV and at-risk populations.
He says it will take a citizenry motivated by compassion for the suffering of hope and humanity for the future.
World Aids Day falls on 1 December each year and is a chance for individuals to show support for people living with HIV worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related disease.
The date has been observed by UN member states every year since 1988 in a show of support for those currently living with the condition.
The virus was identified in 1984, when a massive global scare was sparked by it and was assumed to influence members of the LGBT + community, but has killed 35m people and infected 78m.