Sneak Preview: HHS Awards About $2.27B in Ryan White Grants

Jerry Ashworth
November 8, 2019 at 06:33:00 ET
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(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Development Handbook.) Although recipients of Ryan White HIV/AIDS program grants received about $70 million less in federal funding in fiscal year (FY) 2019 compared to FY 2018, awardees still received about $2.27 billion in awards this year under the various parts of the program, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said recently.

The grant funds, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), support a comprehensive system of HIV primary medical care, medication and essential support services to more than 500,000 people with HIV in the U.S. The program awards grants to states, cities, counties and local community-based organizations to provide care and treatment services to low-income people living with HIV to improve health outcomes and reduce HIV transmission among hard-to-reach populations.

In 2017, approximately 86% of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program clients who received HIV medical care were virally suppressed, up from 69% in 2010. “Ryan White HIV/AIDS program clients, despite often very challenging circumstances, have a viral suppression rate that far exceeds the national average,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “The successes of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program are in part thanks to how the program cares for the needs of the whole person, including nonhealth factors.”

Individuals with HIV who take HIV medication daily as prescribed and who reach and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to a partner who does not have HIV, according to HRSA. Added HRSA Acting Administrator Tom Engels, “These grants will help ensure that Americans with HIV/AIDS have access to life-saving care and treatment needed to improve their health quality and medical outcomes.”

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, authorized and funded under Title XXVI of the Public Health Service Act (Pub. L. 78-410), as amended by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111-78), is divided into five parts.

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