Hawaii to get over $4M to improve cancer, HIV/AIDS care and prevention

WASHINGTON D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii's Department of Health is getting a boost in funding to support the treatment and prevention of cancer and HIV/AIDS.

The DOH is getting over $4.1 million for the cause, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Wednesday.

Of that money, just over $1.2 million will be allotted to cancer prevention and control programs while over $2.8 million will be used towards improving the quality, availability and support of organizations who provide care for HIV/AIDS.

"The moment someone is diagnosed with cancer or HIV/AIDS, their life changes," Sen. Schatz said. "This funding will help people manage these diseases as best we can, or prevent them from getting sick in the first place."

According to the state, caner is the second leading cause of death in the islands. Almost 7,000 residents are diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer annually. Unfortunately, the disease claims the lives of 2,000 of those patients.

Meanwhile, the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Hawaii stands at 4,000.

The additional funds for HIV/AIDS prevention and care are provided to the state through Ryan White HIV/AIDS program funds.

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