HHS awards $4.8 million in AIDS grants for underserved areas
The Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday announced 49 Ryan White grants totaling $4.8 million for care and support services for HIV-positive people in rural, underserved, and minority communities. "The communities where these grant recipients operate have a great need for more HIV/AIDS care," said HHS secretary Tommy Thompson in announcing the grants. "Today's grants will help local health care providers expand the primary care services they offer to local residents with HIV/AIDS." AIDS programs supported by federal Ryan White grants help about 530,000 HIV-positive people and their family members each year.