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Policy & Politics

Obama to Boost Domestic AIDS Spending in 2010

March 9, 2009

Many AIDS advocates found encouragement from President Barack Obama's recently proposed $3.6 trillion federal budget for fiscal year 2010. It calls for an unspecified funding increase for domestic AIDS programs, including HIV prevention. The White House said full details of the budget will be released in April.

"The budget increases resources to detect, prevent, and treat HIV/AIDS domestically, especially in underserved populations," said the administration's FY2010 budget summary.

"This is refreshing news, since funding for domestic HIV prevention is flat-funded this year, and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program will receive only a 3.4 percent increase -- far below what is actually needed," said Michael Ruppal, interim executive director of the AIDS Institute.

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