A regional AIDS training program for health care professionals at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, has received a $23 million, five-year federal grant for continued operation.
That's an increase of $4 million over the five-year federal grant the Pennsylvania/MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center got for support in 2005.
Led by principal investigator Linda Frank, an associate professor at the Pitt graduate school, the center provides HIV/AIDS-related training to health professionals in Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Dr. Frank said the increased funding is "due to the quality of our application, the program plan, and the increased need for training of health professionals on HIV antiretroviral treatments [and] HIV testing of all persons receiving care," as well as the increased presence of other diseases along with HIV -- including hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections -- as well as cases of substance abuse and mental illness.
Despite the grant recommendation, final amount of the appropriation is dependent upon Congress.