CDC language ban marginalizes our communities

SAN FRANCISCO, December 16, 2017—San Francisco AIDS Foundation issued the following statement in response to a Washington Post article reporting that the Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using seven words or phrases in 2018 budget documents. These words are: "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based" and "science-based".

"To end the HIV epidemic, we must rely on medically-accurate information and work against stigma. The administration's prohibition of these words further marginalizes transgender and other vulnerable communities, and rejects science," said San Francisco AIDS Foundation CEO Joe Hollendoner. "San Francisco AIDS Foundation calls upon the CDC to fight against regression of its work in support of the public's health. We encourage the CDC to refuse censorship and a language ban that will prevent state and local health departments, health care providers, and community-based organizations to promote the health of our communities."

San Francisco AIDS Foundation works with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and other local community-based partners to provide HIV testing, linkage to care, and social support services in San Francisco to the most at-risk populations including trans communities, gay and bi men, and communities of color.

Although San Francisco has seen dramatic reductions in HIV diagnoses and AIDS-related deaths, transgender women are disproportionately represented among new HIV diagnoses each year. The CDC must not bow to political pressure and exchange science for politics. This effort by the Trump administration further puts at risk the health of communities most impacted by HIV.

San Francisco AIDS Foundation values diversity and science, and will continue to use evidence-based, science-based, public health interventions to get to zero HIV-infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and an put an end to stigma.


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