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U.S. Federal Funding for HIV/AIDS: The President’s FY 2016 Budget Request

Kaiser Fact Sheet: “President Obama’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 federal budget request, released on February 2, 2015, includes an estimated $31.7 billion for combined domestic and global HIV efforts. Domestic HIV is funded at $25.3 billion and global at $6.3 billion in the request.  The FY 2016 request represents a 3.1% increase ($956 million) over the FY 2015 enacted level, which totaled $30.7 billion…Federal funding for HIV has increased significantly over the course of the epidemic, including by $5.5 billion (or 21%) when comparing the FY16 request, which still needs Congressional approval, to the FY 2010 enacted funding level.  This growth has been driven primarily by increased spending on mandatory domestic care and treatment programs, as more people are living with HIV in the United States and new HIV infections remain at constant levels. Federal funding for HIV, however, represents just a small fraction (<1%) of the overall federal budget of the United States. The federal HIV budget is generally organized into five broad categories: care & treatment; cash & housing assistance; prevention; research; and global/international.  The first four categories are for domestic programs only.  More than half (58%) of the FY 2016 request is for care and treatment programs in the U.S.; 10% is for domestic cash/housing assistance; 3% is for domestic HIV prevention; 9% is for domestic HIV research; and 20% is for the global epidemic, including funding for international research.”

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