Project ABLE is a statewide coalition of AIDS service providers, advocates and people with HIV/AIDS/HCV. Since the early 1990’s, Project ABLE has successfully increased state funding for HIV/AIDS by working effectively with several governors and their respective administrations, the Massachusetts legislature, and through mobilizing a grassroots network of HIV/AIDS service providers, advocates, and people with HIV/AIDS/HCV.


FY2021 Budget Request – Project ABLE and Massachusetts Viral Hepatitis Coalition

Advocates Ask for $32.8 M in Funding for the HIV/AIDS/HCV Line Item (DPH 4512-0103) in the Massachusetts State Budget: An Increase of $2 M and to fully fund the Harm Reduction Line Item (DPH 4512-0206)

What Does the HIV/AIDS/Hepatitis C Line Item Pay For?

  • Services for people living with HIV/AIDS like Health Navigation and Housing Support Services
  • Syringe Service Programs (SSPs) and holistic harm reduction drug user health programs
  • Testing for HIV, Hepatitis C, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Linkage to care and navigation to treatment

Demand for these services has only grown and expanded in the past four years leaving organizations to provide more services to a growing number of people

What an Increase of $2 M Can Do

  • Expand Use of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
    • PrEP is a daily prescription medication that reduces sexually transmitted HIV infection by over 90%
    • Funding is needed for initiatives to expand the use of PrEP in atrisk populations and reduce new HIV infections
      For every one person on PrEP there are 6.29 people at risk who are not
  • Strengthen the HIV/AIDS/HCV Workforce
    • Programs must be able to hire/retain critical clinical and outreach staff to be effective
    • The current network of SSPs provides a unique opportunity to increase harm reduction efforts directed at people who inject drugs (PWID)
  • Link Inmates in County Jails with HIV/AIDS/HCV Services
    • New HIV and HCV infections are on the rise among inmates in county jails
    • HIV/AIDS/HCV coordinators are needed to link inmates in the county jail system to testing and treatment services

Expanding Access to PrEP in MA

  • Through Workforce Development:
    • Address the need for clinical integration
    • Provide more Hepatitis C testing in Syringe Service Programs (SSPs)
    • Cultivate Culturally Competent Care
  • Invest in PrEP Health Navigation
    • Extend outreach efforts
    • Expand capacity for same day prescriptions
  • Build on the network of harm reduction created by SSPs across the state

Please support $32.8M for HIV/AIDS/HCV Line Item (DPH 4512-0103) * Getting To Zero in MA is possible!

More information: maryann.hart@hartgovrelations or 617.797.8488

Key Facts for HIV

  • There were 611 new diagnoses 2017
  • Between 2016 and 2018, an outbreak of HIV occurred in the Merrimack Valley; the majority of these cases were among people who inject drugs (PWID) who were also experiencing homelessness
  • Between December 2018 and December 2019 , 25 cases have been linked to an outbreak in Boston

Key Facts for Hepatitis C (HCV)

  • In Massachusets, HCV Cases have remained high, with 8,000 to 9,000 cases reported each year
  • In 2016 , 2,408 cases were reported between the ages of 15 and 29
  • Of all of the individuals in MA living with HIV, 17% have also been infected by HCV

Key Facts for Opioids

  • In the first nine months of 2019, there were 1,091 confirmed opioid related overdose deaths in MA. The Department of Public Health estimates that there was an additional 337 to 402 deaths in the last three months of 2019.
  • As of January 1st, 2020, 52 people were diagnosed with HIV who had injected drugs within the last year.

Download our FY2021 Project ABLE Budget Request Fact Sheet (PDF)

Getting to ZERO infections in Massachusetts is possible with investment in programs that work!

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