Presidential Elections and HIV-Related National Policies and Programs

David R. Holtgrave, Robert A. Bonacci, Ronald O. Valdiserri

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The November 2016 general election and subsequent voting of the Electoral College resulted in the selection of Donald Trump as President of the United States. The incoming Administration ran a campaign that indicated a desire for substantial change in health policy, including the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). President Trump has said very little directly about HIV programs and policies, but some campaign positions (such as the repeal of the ACA) would clearly and substantially impact the lives of persons living with HIV. In this editorial, we highlight important HIV-related goals to which we must recommit ourselves, and we underscore several key points about evidence-based advocacy that are important to revisit at any time (but most especially when there is a change in Administration).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-614
Number of pages4
JournalAIDS and behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • AIDS
  • Communication
  • HIV
  • Policy analysis
  • Translational research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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