The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will disburse $90 million to hundreds of HIV programs around the U.S. to mitigate Covid-19’s impact on vulnerable populations.
People with HIV are more susceptible to complications from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, because their immune systems are compromised.
“As the nation confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, this infusion of additional funding will assist recipients to better respond to this new threat in their communities while maintaining their ability to provide HIV primary medical care, medications, and support services to their patients,” Tom Engels, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, said Wednesday in a statement. HRSA is a branch within the HHS.
The funding recipients are part of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, a federal program that works with cities, states, local health departments, clinics, and community organizations to deliver HIV-related health services such as home-delivered meals, emergency housing, and transportation to more than half a million people with HIV each year.
The money will come through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law in late March. It will help facilities extend their hours, increase staff, and purchase more equipment, according to the HHS.