Trump’s Firing of HIV/Aids Council could impact Black women the most
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 1/3/2018, 10:21 a.m.
News broke last Thursday that President Donald Trump had fired all members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. According to Newsweek, data suggests that the move could disproportionately affect Black women in the U.S. Trump's firing came after six members of the council resigned lasr June in response to the administration’s health policies, writing that “the Trump Administration does not take the on-going epidemic or needs of people living with HIV seriously.” The remaining members learned that they were fired through a letter sent by FedEx that did not address the reason for their firing. HIV/AIDS affects Black women in the United States in outsized numbers, says the Kaiser Family Foundation. More than 498,400 of the 1.2 million people living with the condition in the U.S. are Black. At the end of 2014, most women living with HIV/AIDS were Black. Black women also make up the “largest share” of diagnoses in the U.S (although the rate of new diagnoses for Black women, according to Kaiser.