Just a few days before President Obama welcomed attendees to the 19th International AIDS Conference this past Sunday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the release of nearly $80 million in additional grants to expand access to HIV/AIDS care nationwide, effectively eliminating wait lists for the Ryan White AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP):
“The entire Administration is dedicated to fulfilling President Obama’s goal of an AIDS-free generation and today’s announcement is one more step in that ongoing effort…These grants will help make a real difference in the lives of Americans living with HIV/AIDS, especially those in underserved communities.”
Approximately $69 million in funding will be used to support this life-saving program, ensuring that low-income people living with HIV/AIDS have access to the care and medications they need.
More than 10 million will be invested in community-based health clinics through the Ryan White program to increase access to care and treatment for 14,000 new patients. Together, these investments will help support states and communities as they enact the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
This is yet another stride forward as the Obama administration works to turn the tide on HIV/AIDS.
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