September 8, 2017
Written by Aprile Rickert
This article originally appeared on NewsandTribune.com.
The Indiana State Department of Health has received a $26 million award to increase services to people diagnosed with HIV — the largest such award in Indiana history, according to a news release.
The 2017 Ryan White Supplemental Award, provided by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, will be used to increase treatment capacity for individuals with HIV — this includes funding psychiatric nurse practitioners and mental health and addiction counselors.
The funding will also help better connect patients to care sooner, which can reduce the risk of spreading HIV, help expand case management services, develop a network of recovery coaches and help with food, housing, mental health and Hepatitis C treatment.
In 2016, more than 12,000 were living with HIV and of those 507 were newly diagnosed with HIV or AIDS that year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows that an HIV-negative person has a one-in-60 chance of contracting the disease each time he or she shares a needle to inject drugs.