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Progress in beating back the AIDS epidemic risks being eroded by a funding shortfall set to grow under Donald Trump's proposed cuts to global health projects, experts and campaigners warned ahead of a major HIV conference. If adopted by Congress, the 2018 Trump budget could deprive some 830,000 people, mostly in Africa, from life-saving anti-AIDS drugs, according to calculations by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a California-based health policy NGO.A Trump budget could lead to nearly 200,000 new HIV infections, according to the KFF.Last year, it contributed $4.9 billion to global HIV projects – 7.5 times the amount provided by second-placed donor Britain.Trump also proposed a 17 percent cut of $222 million to the government's 2017 contribution of $1.13 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria, which provides about 10 million people with ART.Since the epidemic erupted in the 1980s, 76.1 million people have been infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.Globally, said the KFF, government donor funding for HIV dropped in 2016 to the lowest level since 2010 – from $7.5 billion to $7 billion.
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