HIVMA and IDSA sent a joint letter to the United States Senate, urging Congress to protect the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) and oppose any efforts to reduce or eliminate it, as the fund provides vital support for the preservation and promotion of our nation’s public health, including efforts to combat infectious diseases.
Our public health workforce has already been seriously eroded, and cuts to the PPHF are likely to result in further layoffs, seriously threatening our ability to maintain the strong public health workforce that we need to conduct routine public health activities and respond to public health emergencies such as pandemics or bioterror attacks. PPHF resources are contributing to the nation’s response to infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis. The fund provides a unique opportunity to decrease health care spending related to HIV/AIDS treatment and care and invest in viral hepatitis prevention and screening efforts.
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