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President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Obamacare critic Rep. Tom Price is sparking worry among health care advocates, especially those on the front lines of the battle against HIV/AIDS. “Many of us are worried that the gains we have made might be stymied or worse we we might loose ground because President-elect Trump has talked about repealing the Affordable Healthcare Act and many people living with HIV/AIDS might lose their healthcare,” Phil Wilson, CEO and founder of the Los Angeles-based Black AIDS Institute, told the AFRO.

From Los Angeles to Washington D.C. there are many soldiers in the battle against HIV and AIDS who used World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, to remind people that this is a medical war that can only be won if everyone does their part.

Guy Weston, executive director of the DC Cares Consortium said after decades of progress treatment options for people living with HIV or AIDS should not be politicized. “We have so much progress in the last 16 years, even President George W. Bush pushed programs,” said Weston, whose organization is one of the many District-based service providers for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Herman Williams, a case manager with Us Helping Us, also sounded an optimistic tone on the eve of World AIDS Day, which started in 1988. “We have come to a point in the HIV/AIDS cycle where it is no longer a death sentence,” Williams said in an interview, referencing to preventative medications such as Truvada. “If you take your medicine you can live a regular life. We have come a super long way in the last 30 years but we have more work to do. To much money is being spent on the pharmaceutical side.”

“Prevention and education are so important, and it’s just that simple,” Mark Ridley-Thomas, a Los Angeles County supervisor and a recipient of the Black AIDS Institutes “Heroes in the Struggle Award,” said in a statement.

According to the Black AIDS institute, Blacks, disproportionately make up 44 percent of the new HIV diagnoses.

But on World AIDS Day Wilson is clearly worried. “We are already getting calls from patients and clients worried that they are going to lose their health insurance. The Affordable Health Care Act is a very important prevention tool,” he said.