Congressmen Cohen Announces $5.2 Million Grant to Shelby County HIV Programs

March 26, 2021
Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that Shelby County’s Ryan White HIV programs will receive an emergency relief grant of $5,234,561 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I’m pleased to announce this significant funding to the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, which has been successful in preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and in providing treatment to those in need. This grant funding will help Shelby County provide care for those affected by HIV and AIDS, and will improve treatment outcomes for patients in Shelby County. It will ultimately save lives.”

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides a comprehensive system of care that includes primary medical care and essential support services for people living with HIV who are uninsured or underinsured. The Program works with cities, states, and local community-based organizations to provide HIV care and treatment services to more than half a million people each year. The Program reaches approximately 52 percent of all people diagnosed with HIV in the United States.

The grant program is named for Ryan White, an Indiana teenager and hemophiliac who contracted AIDS from infected blood. He died in 1990.