July 26, 2012
More than $2 million in federal funds is headed to Puerto Rico to help patients on a waiting list for AIDS drug assistance. More than 44,000 people among the island's nearly 4 million residents have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS; it is unclear exactly how many are waiting for medication. Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi said Tuesday the money will go to help individuals who lack health insurance. The US territory recently received $17 million to expand HIV treatment and prevention programs in metropolitan areas.