FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) – In his most recent State of the Union address, President Donald Trump shined the spotlight on what he’s calling an epidemic in Arkansas.
President Trump identified Arkansas as one of the seven states he’s targeting as at-risk of HIV and AIDS infections.
In Northwest Arkansas, we have the second highest population of HIV and AIDS in the state.
President Trump said, “My budget will ask Democrats and Republicans to make the needed commitment to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years.”
Nationally, President Trump says we have made strides in the HIV epidemic, but local leaders close to the issue say that’s not the case.
“There’s not a whole lot of resources within the Northwest Arkansas area for people with HIV,” said Mark Williams, Pastor of Spirit of Peace Church.