Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that more than $2.2 billion in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants was awarded in fiscal year (FY) 2015 to cities, states and local community-based organizations. This funding supports a coordinated and comprehensive system of care to ensure that more than half a million people living with and affected by HIV in the United States continue to have access to critical HIV health care, support services, and essential medications.
“Over the last quarter century, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program has played a critical role in the United States’ public health response to HIV,” said Secretary Burwell. “These grants will make a difference for the most vulnerable Americans who lack adequate health care coverage or financial resources to pay for treatment.”
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency within HHS, oversees the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which provides a dynamic array of care and treatment services that facilitate and maximize positive health outcomes as part of a public health-oriented response to HIV in the United States.
“Over the last 25 years, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program has made great strides moving clients along the HIV care continuum, an approach that helps communities plan for and provide a full range of emergency and long-term services for people living with HIV,” said HRSA Acting Administrator James Macrae. “In 2013, 81 percent of program clients were retained in care and more than 78 percent of those who were in care are virally suppressed. This improves clinical and public health outcomes by preserving health, extending life expectancy, and reducing HIV transmission.”
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