HHS announced $68 million in grants to help children, infants, women and youth with HIV/AIDS who have limited or no access to treatment receive comprehensive care.
The grants will be awarded through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to 114 community organizations, health departments, and university hospitals nationwide that provide medical and support services for HIV/AIDS patients. Bay Area grant recipients include the Children’s Hospital & Research Center in Oakland ($1 million) and the Regents of the University of California in San Francisco ($522,553).
Newly diagnosed individuals are expected to significantly benefit from the funds, as well as previously diagnosed patients who have never received care and individuals with HIV/AIDS who have gone without care for at least one year.
In a written statement, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the grants will “target our resources to the communities that need them most.” She added that the grants will increase “access to comprehensive, coordinated primary care.”
The Ryan White program provides HIV-related services to more than 500,000 U.S. residents annually.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, August 14, 2012 press release.