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

October 26, 2017




Wakefield is the director of external relations at the HIV Prevention Trials Network.

My major concern is that we have developed global partnerships to fight this epidemic, and we have developed relationships around existing resources that need to increase rather than decrease. Now, instead of working against the virus, we're working to maintain those relationships and resources.

I think that far too many people are operating out of fear and forget we've been through painful moments before. We are resilient people who have rallied together to build against our "enemies." We can still do that. It will take some yelling until people hear us in order to get our "enemies" to know that we're here and this is important to us.

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