U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy criticized for saying in light of changes in the prevalence of AIDS, HIV federal health agencies should 're-balance' their spending on other diseases _lowres

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy

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Washington – An infectious disease specialist took issue with U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., in an opinion piece in The Hill news outlet Wednesday that questions Cassidy’s suggestion to cut funding for AIDS and HIV research.

In a Senate committee hearing June 25, Cassidy, a Baton Rouge gastroenterologist, said that in light of changes in the prevalence of AIDS and HIV, federal health agencies should “re-balance” their spending to focus more on other diseases.

In the opinion piece, Kenneth Mayer argues that efforts to treat and prevent AIDS and HIV should be accelerated, not cut.