WASHINGTON D.C. — (12-28-20) — Congress included in its coronavirus relief bill for fiscal year 2021, an increase of $137 million for the Trump administration’s plan to beat HIV/AIDS.

The deal’s fine print however, contains funds for the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative, which seeks to beat the HIV epidemic by 2030.

The FY-21 deal appropriated $403 million for the initiative, increasing the FY-20 funding by $137 million. The $137 million increase breaks down as follows:

* $35 million for Centers for Disease Control’s HIV prevention efforts
* $35 million for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program
* $52 million for HRSA Community Health Centers to focus on PrEP to prevent
HIV transmission;
* $5 million for Indian Health Service for HIV and hepatitis
* $10 million for National Institute for Health’s Centers for AIDS Research.

The FY_20 budget also includes funding increases for domestic HIV programs such as an increase of $20 million for HUD’s Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS, HOPWA, $1.5 million for the Minority HIV/AIDS Fund and $1 million for the CDC’s School Health program.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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