Hillary Clinton Unveils New Plan To Achieve An AIDS-Free Generation

"We have the tools to end this epidemic once and for all."

Today presidential candidate Hillary Clinton released a new and expanded plan to end the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

HARRISBURG, PA - JULY 29: Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally with democratic vice presidential nominee U.S. Sen Tim Kaine (D-VA) at Broad Street Market on July 29, 2016 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A day after accepting the democratic presidential and vice presidential nominations at the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are kicking off a three-day bus tour through Pennsylvania and Ohio. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Among the many ways she wants to combat the disease is by using the resources provided by the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR/Emergency Plan) and supporting at-risk groups using HIV-preventing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis drugs (PrEP).

Clinton also plans to expand access to affordable health care for those living with HIV and fight to lower the price of prescription drugs by more than 5,000%.

“As we continue to increase HIV and AIDS research, we should also invest in the promising innovations that research is producing. For example, PrEP and other medications, when properly used, have proven effective in preventing HIV infections. As a result, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have recommended widespread use of PrEP, particularly among members of at-risk groups. The CDC has funded grants to state and local health departments to increase knowledge about and uptake of PrEP. Clinton will increase the CDC’s investment to ensure populations at greatest risk of infection have access to preventive medicines.”

COLUMBUS, OH - JULY 31:  Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally with democratic vice presidential nominee U.S. Sen Tim Kaine (D-VA) at Fort Hayes Vocational School on July 31, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are wrapping up their three-day bus tour through Pennsylvania and Ohio.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Part of the plan is to remove barriers and stigma for those groups who are at a higher risk for the disease:

“Disparities and barriers to accessing care include age, gender, and regional differences. In setting timelines for ending AIDS as an epidemic, and in strengthening the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to meet these timelines, Clinton will place particular emphasis on expanding evidenced-based prevention, treatment, and community outreach initiatives for at-risk groups, including black men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender individuals, African American women, and injection drug users.”

In a statement released along with the plan, Clinton’s campaign calls out how her commitment to ending AIDS is vastly different from Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s, who both want to defund Planned Parenthood— which is a critical resource for HIV testing. The statement also mentions how Indiana had one of the worst HIV outbreaks in 20 years while Pence was Governor of the state.

The new release also highlights how Clinton has been fighting the AIDS epidemic since her days as First Lady where “she advocated for increased funding for prevention and research efforts—especially for pediatric AIDS—and honored scientists committed to AIDS research.”

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 29:  Hillary Clinton attends the 2016 general election kickoff rally for Hillary for America at McGonigle Hall at Temple University on July 29, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
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And what about the Trump campaign?

“Trump and Pence have not proposed a single idea for addressing the domestic and global HIV/AIDS epidemic,” reports Clinton’s team.

Read her entire plan here.

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