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AIDS Action Welcomes President's Budget Increases Yet Expresses Distress With Failure to End Federal Ban on Syringe Exchange Funding
Date:5/7/2009

WASHINGTON, May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In his Fiscal Year 2010 (FY 10) budget request, President Barack Obama increased funding for HIV prevention and treatment and care by $107 million. In doing so, President Obama has put funding behind the vision set forth in his FY 10 budget outline of increasing "resources to detect, prevent, and treat HIV/AIDS domestically, especially in underserved populations."

"This is good news for the U.S., especially for people living with HIV/AIDS, those who are at risk and their families," said Rebecca Haag, Executive Director of AIDS Action in response to the budget increases. "For too many years the previous administration ignored the ongoing severity of the domestic HIV epidemic, failed to increase funding for prevention and did not keep up with the epidemic in treatment and care."

In his FY10 budget, President Obama requests an additional $54 million of funding for the Ryan White Program to help pay for the care and treatment of over 500,000 individuals living with HIV in the United States. The President's budget includes a $53 million increase for HIV prevention and surveillance services within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP). This funding will assist DHAP in increasing the reach of HIV prevention programs in communities of color and for men who have sex with men (MSM), where the HIV epidemic continues to grow. This funding will also help to identify the 20% of those who are HIV positive and unaware of their status. In response to this specific increase Rebecca Haag stated, "It is gratifying to know that we have an Administration that understands the importance of increased funding for prevention programs across the nation, as we work to decrease the number of newly infected with HIV in the United States."

Despite the positive news regarding increased funding for HIV/AIDS, AIDS Action is extremely d
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