One important exception to President Trump’s budget cuts: programs to fight HIV

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America: The HIV community has been bracing itself for the Trump budget proposal. The fight against the disease has a decades-long history of bipartisan support, and the US has been a leading funder of the effort. But President Donald Trump hasn’t said much on the issue, and key members of his team have been critical of anti-HIV activities.

That’s why Trump’s budget blueprint comes as a surprise. Amid an 18 percent cut to the Department of Health and Human Services — including one fifth of the National Institutes of Health’s budget — the administration has said it would preserve funding for important anti-HIV activities.

On the domestic front, the budget calls for funding for Ryan White HIV/AIDS providers — a “high priority” it wants to continue. Ryan White programs provide health care to people living with HIV who cannot get health insurance. With $2.3 billion in funding in the last…

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