Missouri: St. Louis Area Gets Increase in HIV/AIDS Funding
May 12, 2014
This article was reported by the St. Louis American.
The St. Louis American reported that funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for HIV/AIDS medical care services in the St. Louis metropolitan area will increase from $5.7 million to $6.2 million -- an 8.6-percent increase from last year's totals. The counties covered by the metropolitan area will use the funds, which it received from the Ryan White program, to pay for medications, insurance, and support services for individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Pamela Walker, health director for the City of St. Louis, said the region was lucky to have the support of Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. (D-Mo.) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), both vocal advocates on issues related to HIV/AIDS. Seven counties in Missouri and five counties in Illinois will benefit directly from the allotted funds. According to the health department, more than 4,100 individuals in the area received support from the Ryan White funds last year. For further information, contact the St. Louis HIV Health Planning Council at (314) 657-1551.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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