HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a stubborn disease to tackle in Alabama, US country. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, the rate of HIV infections every year increases in a little bit manner. It is observing from the last two decades. In 2017, near about 657 new HIV patients’ diagnosis in the US country. As per the 10-year analysis, the HIV patients’ numbers slightly vary from 634 in 2013 to 718 in 2008. In Alabama state, roughly 14,000 people know that they are suffering from HIV disease. Also, this virus neither protects patients’ immune systems nor prevent infecting others.
As per Dr. Scott Harris who is a State Health Officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). The health department has medication not only to treat HIV infected peoples but also has preventative for the people who are not HIV infected but who might be at risk. Dr. Harris treating HIV patients from the last 20 years before becoming the state health officer. This year, the health department highly focuses on the problems of untreated and undiagnosed HIV. In February, the US President, Donald Trump announced that the initiative to end the epidemic including different goals. These goals are reducing infections by 75% in 5 years and at least 90% in 10 years. As per the United States Department of Health & Human Services, the outbreak has stalled with nearly 40,000 new diagnoses per year. In 2017, two-thirds of bisexual men and gay diagnosed and 43% African-Americans diagnosed.
It is observing that near about 1.1 million people in the nation are suffering from HIV. Besides, HIV claim more than 700,000 lives in the US since 1981. Trump’s budget request US$291 million of funds for HIV initiatives. It targets 48 counties including San Juan, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico. It also targets seven states including Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Missouri, South Carolina, and Arkansas. These are high rates of HIV infection states coupled with the rural areas. Furthermore, Alabama and its neighboring states have not expanded their Medicaid programs, which is the best option under the Affordable Care Act. The main intention of the Medicaid program is to cover all low-income families who do not have health insurance.