HHS BUDGET FOR HIV/AIDS INCREASE 8 PERCENT
Targets Expanded Efforts on Research
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Feb. 4, 2002
HHS Press Office
President Bush's budget plan for fiscal year
2003 includes a total of $12.9 billion to fight HIV and AIDS
-- an increase of $906 million, or 8 percent, over the current
year's appropriation, HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson
must do more to prevent and treat this terrible disease, which
continues to ravage the lives of millions of people in America
and around the world," Secretary Thompson said. "We
are leading the world on AIDS research and doing our part to
stem the tide of this global epidemic."
the President's budget plan, HHS would receive a total of
$12.9 billion to fund its HIV/AIDS programs. Specifically, HHS'
proposed fiscal year 2003 budget supports:
Research into vaccines and treatment.
HHS' budget allocates $2.8 billion to the National Institutes
of Health (NIH) for research on HIV and AIDS -- a $255
million, or 10 percent increase, above the current year's
funding level. The NIH budget includes $422 million for AIDS
vaccine research -- a 24 percent increase over the previous
year and nearly triple the fiscal year 1998 funding level.
Stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS. HHS' budget includes $939 million for
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stop
the disease's spread -- about the same as provided for in the
fiscal year 2002 budget. Of those resources, CDC would devote
$795 million to support HIV prevention programs in the United
States, including efforts to reducing the number of people at
high risk for acquiring or transmitting the virus; increasing
HIV testing efforts; linking infected individuals with
appropriate care and treatment; and strengthening the nation's
ability to monitor the epidemic and respond effectively. In
addition, CDC would dedicate $144 million to promote
prevention strategies and programs across the globe, including
expanded efforts in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Improving efforts to care for those living with HIV/AIDS.
HHS' budget would allocate $1.9 billion -- the same as the
current year -- to fund Ryan White treatment programs, which
would continue to provide care and services to an estimated
500,000 Americans. About $639 million of this funding would be
available for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which provides
medications to about 85,000 people. Ryan White spending has
grown rapidly in recent years, up about 66 percent since
fiscal year 1998.
Helping international efforts to fight HIV/AIDS.
HHS' portion of the President's budget includes $100 million
for the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Maleria and
Tuberculosis -- bringing HHS' two-year contribution up to $200
million. The U.S. Agency for International Development also
would contribute $100 million in fiscal year 2003. With these
new contributions, the United States will have met its
commitment of $500 million for this effort.
Addressing HIV/AIDS among minorities.
HHS' budget would allocate $410 million for efforts targeted
specifically at reducing the disproportionate impact of
HIV/AIDS on racial and ethnic minorities. This includes $105
million to expand treatment and services at the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and $50
million for the Minorities Community Fund support
infrastructure development, technical assistance, prevention
and treatment strategies and education in affected
communities, as well as $124 million under the Ryan White
program, $116 million for community-based prevention
activities at the CDC, and other resources at the NIH and
other HHS offices and agencies.
must remain on the offensive in the battle against
HIV/AIDS," Secretary Thompson said. "We have much
work yet to do. HHS and this administration will continue our
fight to reduce the impact of this epidemic, both at home and