Funding Will Support Health Services for People Living with HIV Who Are Particularly Vulnerable to COVID-19
Denver – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded over $1.2 million to Colorado health providers and organizations serving Coloradans living with HIV. The funds, which were included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will be allocated to Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients across Colorado to bolster their efforts to minimize the impacts of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on people living with HIV, who are particularly vulnerable to the virus.
“It’s more important than ever that we protect Coloradans living with HIV who are at higher risk of getting sick from COVID-19. That’s why I’m glad to see this crucial funding is now flowing to health care providers caring for those who are especially vulnerable,” said Bennet. “Although this funding will provide much needed relief, it is just the start of what our providers on the front lines need to care for those who are at higher risk. We will continue our efforts to secure the support they need in future relief packages.”
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is named after Ryan White, who was diagnosed with HIV at age 13 after a blood transfusion, and was told he would only live for three to six months. After being told he couldn’t return to his middle school, he and his mom together rallied for his right to attend school and after numerous court hearings, he returned to school, and lived to the age of 18. 2020 marks 30 years since his death.More information on the $90 million allocated this week to Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients is available HERE.