UCSD researcher supports President’s vow to stop the spread of HIV
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It’s been 35 years since doctor Doug Richman treated his first patient with the HIV virus, at a time when the odds of survival were grim.
Almost four decades later, with the development of new drugs, HIV can be controlled.
In the research community, the emphasis is on finding ways to make the life saving drugs even more effective and accessible.
Doctor Richman is a professor at the Aids Research Center at the University of California San Diego.
He supports President Trump’s pledge to halt the spread of the HIV virus by the year 2030. The goal is ambitious, but it’s not exactly new. In 2013, the World Health Organization set a similar objective, with a handful of countries including Australia, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Namibia, and Botswana already reaching that goal.
The United States still lags to reach that goal, with an estimated 40,000 new infections reported every year. Richman says it’s possible to stem the spread of HIV, but the federal government needs to make a much stronger commitment.
Richman points to New York City as a model for managing the virus. In New York, people who are infected, are identified and promptly given the drugs for treatment. In some states, especially in the southeast, people with HIV have a more difficult time getting the drugs to help control it.
Richman says it will take political will and more money to make the changes in public policy to help stop the spread of HIV.