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HHS Awards $9.5 Million in Grants for HIV/AIDS Health Services for Medically Underserved Communities
HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson on Friday announced $9.5 million in grants to help provide outpatient and primary care services to low-income people who are either living with HIV/AIDS or at risk of contracting the virus. The 27 grants, which are awarded under the Title III Early Intervention Services program of the Ryan White CARE Act, will go to community-based clinics, hospitals, public health departments and universities in 17 states. The funding will be used to provide counseling, testing and referral, medical evaluation and clinical care to people living in underserved communities, particularly those in rural areas and inner cities. In addition to HIV/AIDS medical services, the grants will also support oral health care, adherence counseling, nutritional counseling, outpatient mental health and substance abuse services and referrals for specialty and subspecialty care (HRSA release, 9/27).
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