HHS Budget for HIV/AIDS Research Increases 8 Percent

HHS Budget for HIV/AIDS Research Increases 8 Percent – Statistical Data Included

Matthew Neff

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson recently announced that President’s Bush’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2003 includes a total of $12.9 billion to fund HHS human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) programs. The HHS budget allocates $2.8 billion to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research on HIV and AIDS, including $422 million for AIDS vaccine research. Another $939 million will go to the CDC to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS through HIV prevention programs in the United States, increasing HIV testing efforts, linking infected persons with appropriate care and treatment, and strengthening the nation’s ability to monitor the epidemic and respond effectively. The Ryan White programs, which provide care and services to an estimated 500,000 Americans, will receive $1.9 billion. About $639 million of this funding will be made available for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which provides medications to about 85,000 people. HHS will use $100 million for the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. Another $410 million will be allocated for efforts targeted specifically toward reducing the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on racial and ethnic minorities. For more information, visit www.hrsa.gov and click on “Newsroom.”

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