HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced four cooperative agreements totaling $1.5 million to improve access to medical care and support services for children, youth and women living with HIV and their affected families.
"The AIDS epidemic in America impacts our most vulnerable families more and more each year," said HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson. "These agreements will help HIV/AIDS health care providers do a better job in getting services to the women and children who need them."
The four recipients are:
Under the cooperative agreements from HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), staff from HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau will guide the projects. Funding recipients will undertake one or more of a variety of activities to share information and knowledge on how to meet the health care needs of HIV infected women, infants, children, youth and their affected families with HRSA grantees, care providers, planning bodies, and other constituents.
HHS' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 850,000 to 950,000 Americans are now living with HIV and that at least 40,000 new infections occur each year. Trends in HIV diagnosis suggest that young people ages 13-24, women, African Americans, Hispanics and heterosexuals now face the highest rates of HIV infection.
HRSA, through Title IV of its Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act (CARE) program, works to improve access to primary medical care, research, and support services for HIV-infected children, youth and women, and their affected family members. CARE Act programs help an estimated 530,000 poor and uninsured individuals with HIV/AIDS obtain primary health care, support services and life-sustaining medications each year.
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