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President’s Proposed FY15 Budget Falls Short On HIV Efforts, AIDS Groups Say

Media outlets discuss comments made on Tuesday at a press briefing examining President Barack Obama’s FY 2015 budget proposal and its potential impact on HIV/AIDS efforts.

Healio: President’s proposed budget falls short in commitment to ending AIDS
“HIV/AIDS activists and physicians are expressing their concern over the 2015 budget proposed by President Barack Obama, which has only modest increases to fund HIV/AIDS research at the NIH and flat funding for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR…” (3/11).

MedPage Today: AIDS Groups Urge Congress to Restore Funding
“…The budget ‘flat-funds’ the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) but that leaves the program some $600 million short of the [bilateral] financing it had in 2011, according to experts speaking on behalf of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), and the Health GAP Coalition, among others…” (Smith, 3/11).

Science Speaks: HIV response leaders: Restore PEPFAR funding to reap gains that treatment, research offer now
“… As it is, [Matthew] Kavanagh [of Health GAP], who with amfAR’s Chris Collins recently penned a Health Affairs blog post delineating the impact of flat funding on HIV treatment provision, [said] the pace that has brought success will be impossible to maintain without adequate funding…” (Barton, 3/11).

Additional information about global health spending proposed in the FY15 budget request is available from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s “Policy Tracker” (3/4).