Ending the HIV Epidemic: RADM Weahkee & Phoenix Indian Medical Center


(music) Hello, I’m Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee, the Principal Deputy Director of the Indian Health Service. President Trump
recently announced one of the most important
public health initiatives in history. My budget will
ask Democrats and Republicans to make the
needed commitment to eliminate the HIV
epidemic in the United States within 10 years. We have made incredible
strides, incredible. At the Indian Health Service, we are excited
about the president’s plan, which will provide
resources to help expand HIV prevention and treatment
in communities that are hardest-hit with
new HIV infections. Recently, Surgeon General
Jerome Adams and IHS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael
Toedt visited the HIV Center of Excellence at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center in Maricopa County. Phoenix Indian Medical
Center strives to be known as a facility where quality
HIV services are accessible, confidential, and
culturally competent. American Indian and Alaska
Native people who are living with HIV in Arizona have the
best viral suppression rates of all racial
groups in the state, because of the efforts of the HIV Center of Excellence. If you have HIV, are
taking HIV medication, and you achieve
viral suppression, then you can lead a long,
healthy life and won’t transmit the disease. And prevention medication
can reduce your risk of getting infected by
up to 97 percent. I encourage American Indians
and Alaska Natives to keep up the good fight
and to work together, along with the IHS, to get
educated, get tested, get involved in
prevention, fight stigma, and get treated for HIV. For more information on the
“Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America”
initiative, or to learn how you can
get involved and make a difference, visit HIV.gov.

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