Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-SF) announced Wednesday that San Francisco
will receive a grant provided under the Ryan White CARE Act for $36 million to increase access to medical services, including pharmaceuticals, for people living with HIV/AIDS.
"These funds will provide vital resources for San Francisco to combat the growing HIV/AIDS crisis in our city. This grant will help thousands of people who do not have access to the treatments and the medical services they need to live longer and healthier lives. This is especially important considering that new reports show the rate of new HIV infections among gay men in San Francisco has more than doubled since 1997," Pelosi said.
"The recent declines we have seen in AIDS deaths nationally are a direct result of the therapies and services that have been made more widely available through the CARE Act to large numbers of uninsured and under-insured people with HIV and AIDS," Pelosi said.
Rep. Pelosi was also able to secure an appropriation of $1.1 million for the Department of Public Health to provide HIV care and related services through San Francisco General Hospital.
The $36 million grant was provided under Title I of the Ryan White CARE Act which provides emergency assistance to cities most severely affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. These programs provide the foundation for care and treatment for low income individuals with HIV and AIDS.
As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-Health and Human
Services-Education, Pelosi has made increased funding for AIDS prevention, treatment, and research her top priority.