August 5, 2016 at 12:22 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Clinton vows to end HIV/AIDS
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Hillary Clinton this week unveiled plans to ‘end the HIV and AIDS epidemic.’ (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton this week unveiled a policy she plans to enact if elected that she says will “end the HIV and AIDS epidemic,” her campaign announced.

Her blueprint includes enhancing national efforts already underway, convening working groups to combat the spread of the virus and launching a campaign to combat stigma and discrimination for those living with HIV.

She is also against what the campaign called “outdated and discriminatory” HIV criminalization laws.

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy, first released by the Obama administration in 2010, is the nation’s first-ever comprehensive HIV and AIDS plan with clear and measurable targets. Over the last year, the Human Rights Campaign has joined with more than 70 activists and organizations in discussions with the Clinton campaign over strategies to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

Clinton’s proposals build on plans she released earlier in the campaign. At the time, she called for expanding access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, and capping out-of-pocket medical expenses and drug prices. Last week, Daniel Driffin, a black gay man living with HIV, addressed the Democratic National Convention and discussed the need for increased resources and research on HIV and AIDS. It was the first time in 12 years that a person living with HIV addressed a national party convention.

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