Massachusetts: Pathways to Wellness' AIDS Care Project Funding Renewed at Same Level

The AIDS Care Project in Boston's South End learned on May 2 that its funding from the state Department of Public Health Office of HIV/AIDS will be renewed at last year's level. The application process was very competitive, with 83 proposals seeking about twice the available MDPH funding, said Demie Stathoplos, executive director of Pathways to Wellness, which runs ACP.

"Given the amount of cuts that are being made in so many areas, we were very relieved to receive the news that our AIDS Care Project will be level-funded, and feel that it is a ringing endorsement of the significance and importance of our program," Stathoplos said.

ACP provides free, twice-weekly acupuncture treatments for people with HIV/AIDS, with the aim of alleviating disease-related pain and discomfort. Since 1990, Pathways has offered the service for free to patients. ACP also gives patients herbal remedies for disease-related side effects and works with providers to ensure antiretroviral treatment adherence. The program was recognized recently as an "innovation" by the US Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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