March 06, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $1.2 Million in Federal Funding for HIV Prevention


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $1,224,436 in federal funding to help the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) efforts to halt the spread of HIV infections and allow those diagnosed with the disease to live longer, healthier lives. The funding will be used to help maintain the Department’s comprehensive monitoring and prevention system, which tracks new and existing cases of HIV infection across Illinois.

“By making investments in education, monitoring and outreach, these federal funds will help public health officials control the spread of HIV while improving the quality of life for those living with the disease,” said Duckworth. “We must build on the progress we’ve already made when it comes to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic and I look forward to continuing my work with Senator Durbin to end this crisis once and for all.”

“This funding is an important investment in patient care and is key for improving health outcomes for some of the most vulnerable people in our society,” Durbin said. “Senator Duckworth and I will continue our commitment to Illinoisans living with HIV and AIDS. We will fight for this federal funding—which helps prevent the spread of infections—and we will continue to fight for other important health programs and funding streams that help support people living with HIV and AIDS, from protecting the Medicaid program to ensuring increased funding for medical research that leads to new cures and treatments to supporting the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.”

This funding is provided through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). The NCHHSTP works with governmental and nongovernmental partners at the local, state, national and international levels to invest in public health surveillance, prevention research and programs to designed to prevent and control HIV and AIDS, others STDS, viral hepatitis and TB.