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Nearly 30 Percent of Americans Say HIV is a Top Priority


The American people haven't forgotten about growing health concerns, and they're taking that to the polls. 

According to a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll released last month, 29 percent of registered American voters say that fighting HIV and AIDS is a top priority when scouting for presidential candidates, while 44 percent say it’s an important issue but not a top priority.

The study also points out that more voters trust Hillary Clinton more than Donald Trump when it comes to health care. As far as HIV and AIDS, 50 percent of Independents and 91 percent of Democrats say Hillary will do a better job, while 63 percent of Republicans side with Trump.

The election is in a couple months and while health care doesn’t seem to be at the forefront of either campaign, it’s evident that a vast majority of Americans are taking notice. In fact, the poll points out that two-thirds of voters say that affordable health care and the future of Medicare are top priorities. 53 percent list prescription drug costs as a top priority, while 41 percent list the opioid epidemic, 40 percent list women’s reproductive health, and 35 percent list the Zika virus.

When it comes to health record confidentiality, half of voters were worried that unauthorized people might gain access to their medical information, even though 80 percent favored electronic health records.

43 percent said affordable health care would get worse if Trump won, while 29 percent said it would improve and 25 percent said it wouldn’t change much. Only 27 percent of voters said it would get worse if Hillary took office, while 33 percent said it would improve and 38 percent said it wouldn’t change much. 

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