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Trump seeks to "eliminate HIV" in the United States within 10 years

US President Donald Trump moves during his EU state to a joint conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA, on February 5, 2019. Jim Young, Reuters

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump used his EU address on Tuesday to request a two-fold commitment to eradicate AIDS in the United States within a decade.

"Scientific breakthroughs have brought a unique dream within reach," Trump said in his annual address to Congress.

"My budget will ask Democrats and Republicans to make the necessary commitment to remove the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years," he said.

"Together we will defeat AIDS in America and beyond."

About 38,000 people were infected with HIV in the US in 2017, according to government statistics.

This number has shrunk over the years, but in some communities there has been no easy, especially among gay, black and hispanics.

The Trump administration suggested last year to reduce the budget for AIDS prevention, but Congress rejected.

"No power in history has done more to promote human condition than American freedom," Trump said.

"In recent years, we have made remarkable progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS."

Trump's mastery of the issue, however, has been questioned, especially by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who said last year that Trump needed two help to distinguish HIV from HPV, another sexually transmitted disease.

"Both times he wanted to know if there was a difference between HIV and HPV, so I could explain that they rarely get confused with each other," Gates said.

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