Hoeven: NDSU Awarded Nearly $730,000 in Federal Funding for Treatment, Care of HIV Patients

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded nearly $730,000 in federal funding to support the treatment and care of individuals with HIV-related illnesses and their families.

The award is authorized annually to grant programs related to the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act. The legislation is named for Ryan White, a young man who contracted HIV through a blood transfusion in the early days of the AIDS epidemic. He passed away in 1990 after battling the disease for eight years.

“Battling a terrible disease is difficult not only for the patient, but also for their family and friends,” Hoeven said. “For people with limited resources, it can be a financial as well as a physical hardship. This program helps those who are finding it hard to manage the financial burden of fighting their disease.”

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program works with cities, states, and local community-based organizations to provide services to an estimated 536,000 people each year who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources to cope with HIV disease. The majority of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funds support primary medical care and essential support services.