Highlights of federal FY 2003 HIV/AIDS budget

Federal spending for FY2003, which comes more than four months after the fiscal year began, totals $397 million. HIV/AIDS funding, both domestic and global, received modest funding increases. Here are the highlights, compiled by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation:

  • ADAP received an $80 million increase. This was the largest increase for a domestic HIV/AIDS program.
  • The Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative received a $25 million increase, growing to $412 million. The increases support the various agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to enhance the access and quality of HIV services available through community-based minority organizations.
  • The Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS program received a $14 million increase to $292 million. This represents the original request proposed by the Bush administration and is $58 million short of the program’s request for FY 2003.
  • Domestic HIV prevention efforts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were increased by $5 million, to $701.6 million.
  • Efforts to address the global AIDS pandemic were increased at the CDC by $39.2 million to $183 million and at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) by $90 million to $630 million. Most of these increases, however, will support the Administration’s Mother and Child Prevention Initiative.
  • The U.S. contribution to the Global Fund in FY 03 will be $350 million, $150 million more than the President requested.

Source: San Francisco AIDS Foundation, HIV Advocacy Network.