HIV/AIDS Program Receives Funding

Cheyenne, WY – The state's HIV-AIDS Program is again accepting new patients. The program that helps with care and drug costs was running short on money last fall and stopped accepting new patients. But the legislature granted a funding increase of over $600,000 during the recent session. The state share of the HIV-AIDS Program was previously just $125,000. Program Care Coordinator Kurt Galbraith says they are now on solid financial footing through June of 2006, but he says this isn't a permanent solution because of the growing numbers of those enrolling in the program and the growing cost of HIV-AIDS medications. Galbraith says based on trends, they may need to ask for more increases in funding in the future. He says there were six patients that had to wait to get into the program because of the funding issue.