amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Small Increase, Big Impact: Investing in HIV/AIDS Research Could Fund the World’s Next Medical Breakthrough

In 2016, funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was increased by $2 billion, and the President proposed a further increase of $825 million for 2017. amfAR applauds this commitment to biomedical research, which will improve the health of our nation and the world. However, HIV research continues to be flat-funded at 2015 levels. As the cost of biomedical research increases with inflation, the purchasing power of NIH HIV research dollars decreases dramatically, as shown below. An increase in HIV research funding in line with the increase in total NIH funding would mean an additional $76.6 million for HIV research in 2017.

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