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Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, adjunct professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted in a Vox article about President Donald Trump's proposal to end the spread of HIV in the U.S. by 2030.
Many American presidents have used the State of the Union address as an opportunity to make grand pronouncements about beating back health scourges. Barack Obama in 2016 called for a “moonshot” to cure cancer. George W. Bush in 2003 announced his intention to “turn the tide against AIDS” with the creation of PEPFAR, the global health program to fight AIDS.
Though health has not been a particular focus of his time in office, President Donald Trump highlighted a new major medical pledge in his speech Tuesday night: ending the HIV epidemic in America by 2030.