New Multimillion Dollar Increase to Combat HIV and AIDS

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 18, 2000

President's Budget Includes Largest Ever Increase for Prevention
January 18, 2000

Today, the White House announced that the President's FY 2001 budget will include a major increase in funding for programs that treat HIV and AIDS and prevent the spread of the disease. The President has proposed an additional $50 million, the largest increase ever in funding for HIV activities to encourage individuals at risk to avoid behaviors that can result in the transmission of the disease. In addition, the budget will invest an additional $125 million in the Ryan White Program, an increase of almost 8 percent over last year's funding level, to provide primary medical care, pharmaceuticals critical to treatment, and other critical support services for people living with HIV and AIDS.

ALTHOUGH MUCH PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE, HIV REMAINS A SERIOUS PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM NATIONWIDE. In 1996, for the first time in the history of the AIDS epidemic, the number of Americans diagnosed with AIDS declined. Between 1996 and 1997, HIV/AIDS mortality declined 42 percent, falling from the leading cause of death among 25 to 44 year olds in 1995 to the fifth leading cause of death in that age group. There has also been a decline in the number of AIDS cases overall and a sharp decline in new AIDS cases in infants and children. However, more needs to be done.

CLINTON-GORE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES MAJOR NEW INVESTMENT IN HIV AND AIDS PREVENTION AND TREATMENT. Today, the Clinton-Gore Administration will announce a new initiative to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS nationwide and provide critical treatment and social support services to those already infected.

THE CLINTON-GORE ADMINISTRATION'S LONGSTANDING COMMITMENT TO PREVENTING AND TREATING HIV AND AIDS. President Clinton and Vice President Gore have worked hard to invigorate the response to HIV and AIDS, providing new national leadership, substantially greater resources and a closer working relationship with affected communities. During their Administration, funding for AIDS research has increased by 87 percent at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), while funding for HIV prevention has increased 47 percent. Funding for the Ryan White CARE Act has increased by over 338 percent.

What's New - January 2000

African American History Month

Protecting America's Natural and Historic Treasures

Remarks by Samuel Berger to the National Press Club

The Lowest Unemployment Rate in 30 Years

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President Clinton Proposes to Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit

Unprecedented National Effort to Improve Our Nation's Schools by Dramatically Increasing Accountability and Investment

FY2001 New Opportunity Agenda

FY2001 Budget & New Opportunity Agenda

President Clinton Unveils First Accounts

Major New Increase in Funding to Determine Environmental Causes of Disease

New Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Aviation Safety

President Clinton Unveils Largest Ever National Gun Enforcement Initiative

New Multimillion Dollar Increase to Combat HIV and AIDS

The President Triples His Long-Term Care Tax Credit

Major New Health Insurance Initiative

A New Opportunity Agenda for Higher Education: Making Critical Investments in Education and Training

College Opportunity Tax Cut: Providing Tax Incentives to Make Higher Education More Affordable

Nearly a $3 Billion Increase in 21st Century Research Fund

Promoting Bioenergy and Biobased Products

Information Technology For the 21st Century

Remarks by the President at Event Commemorating End of Ramadan

Remarks by the President At America's Millennium Gala - The Lincoln Memorial

Clinton-Gore Administration Proposes Record

National Nanotechnology Initiative: Leading to the Next Industrial Revolution

Getting the Job Done for the American People in 2000

Proclamation: Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2000

President Clinton Announces New Equal Pay Initiative

Largest Ever National Gun Enforcement Initiative, January 18, 2000

New Responsible Fatherhood Initiative to Promote Work and Boost Child Support Payments

2001 Budget Will Pay Down Debt by 2013

President Clinton Proposes State Licenses for Handgun Purchases

The Clinton-Gore Economic Record: Strong and Sustained Economic Growth

Revitalizing America's Cities

President Clinton Unveils Millennium Initiative to Promote Delivery of Existing Vaccines in Developing Countries and Accelerate Development of New Vaccines

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