Cross-posted from HRSA News Room
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced [yesterday] approximately $2.36 billion in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants awarded to cities, counties, states, and local community-based organizations in fiscal year (FY) 2017. This funding supports a comprehensive system of HIV primary medical care, medication, and essential support services to more than half a million people living with HIV in the United States.
"The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program plays a critical role in the United States’ public health response to HIV,” said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. "These grants will ensure that the most vulnerable Americans living with HIV/AIDS will have access to the necessary care and treatment needed to improve their health quality and medical outcomes."
HRSA oversees the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which is a patient-centered system that provides care and treatment services to low income people living with HIV to improve health outcomes and reduce HIV transmission among hard to reach populations. The program serves more than 50 percent of people living with diagnosed HIV infection in the United States.
"The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is vital to improving clinical and public health outcomes by extending life expectancy of people living with HIV and reducing HIV transmission," said Laura Cheever, MD, ScM, Associate Administrator, HIV/AIDS Bureau. "In 2015, more than 83 percent of program clients who received HIV medical care were virally suppressed, up from 69 percent in 2010."
Grant awards in FY 2017 also support states, cities, counties, and communities to achieve the national goals to end the HIV epidemic. These include efforts to reduce new HIV infections, increase access to HIV care and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV infection, and reduce HIV-related disparities and health inequities.
For the full announcement, visit https://www.hrsa.gov/about/news/press-releases/hrsa-awards-grants-to-help-americans-access-hiv-aids-care-and-medications.html.
For more information about the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, visit www.hab.hrsa.gov. For more information about HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment, and research, visit HIV.gov.