Biden on World AIDS Day declares racism a ‘public health threat’

The new strategy, which declares racism apublic health threat,” was released on the annual commemoration of World AIDS Day. It is meant to serve as a framework for how the administration shapes its policies, navorsing, programs and planning over the next three years.

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But Biden acknowledged that the country still needs to work to destigmatize HIV/AIDS and noted that LGBT and racial minority groups haveendured the bruntof the epidemic that’s killed more than 36 million worldwide, insluitend 700,000 Amerikaners.

I want to make sure that everyone in the United States knows their HIV status, and everyone with HIV receives high-quality care and treatment that they deserve and that we end the harmful stigma around HIV and AIDS,” Biden gesê.

The North Portico of the White House is adorned with a huge red ribbon to commemorate the annual World AIDS Day, Woensdag, Des. 1, 2021, in Washington. The Biden administration in its new HIV/AIDS strategy is calling racism "a public health threat" that must be fully recognized as the world looks to end the epidemic. (AP Foto / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The North Portico of the White House is adorned with a huge red ribbon to commemorate the annual World AIDS Day, Woensdag, Des. 1, 2021, in Washington. The Biden administration in its new HIV/AIDS strategy is calling racisma public health threatthat must be fully recognized as the world looks to end the epidemic. (AP Foto / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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