Fighting HIV in the Trump Era: U.S. Advocates Speak Out

October 26, 2017


Josh Robbins

Josh Robbins

Robbins is an HIV activist, speaker and creator of the blog I'm Still Josh.

There are tons of challenges with the current administration that can, and will, affect us as HIV advocates and activists. But, overall, I think there's also a mentality of defeat that we have to overcome. Our work continues, regardless of whether we have an administration that is supportive of HIV awareness, activism and advocacy or not. I really try not to focus on all the things that have been issues, because there are so many with Donald Trump.

If we just focus on those issues, we're never going to get any work done. The way I look at it is, regardless of who is in the administration -- whether it's somebody whom we believe is HIV-friendly or not -- we have lives to save; we have people to get on treatment; we have people whom we are trying to get to undetectable; and we have people whom we're trying to prevent acquiring HIV.

We really don't have time to focus a ton of energy on whether the person in the White House is our friend or not. We have to keep working. The National HIV Strategy is us. We are the National HIV Strategy. That work has to continue. And I'm proud to see a lot of organizations and individual activists doing just that. That's where I'm going to focus.

Image credit: Charles Sanchez

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