FY2020 Budget Request – Project ABLE and Massachusetts Viral Hepatitis Coalition
Advocates Ask for $32.3 M in Funding for the HIV/AIDS/HCV Line Item in the Massachusetts State Budget: An Increase of $1.5 M
- $1 M for Syringe Service Programs
There are 7 programs in Massachusetts that have achieved local approval but have not yet received funding.
- $500 K for PrEP health navigation
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a drug that helps prevent HIV transmission. 7,000 people are on PrEP in Massachusetts and the Department of Public Health (DPH) estimates that there are up to 35,000 people who are at risk of HIV infection who should be on PrEP but are not.
What does the HIV/AIDS/HCV Line Item pay for?
- Services for people living with HIV/AIDS & HCV like Health Navigation and Housing.
- Syringe Service Programs and holistic harm reduction drug user health programs.
- Testing for HIV, HCV and STIs.
- Demand for these services has only grown and expanded in the last 3 years while funding has not, leaving service organizations to provide more services to more people who need them with less funding.
Key Facts for HIV
- DPH reported 129 new cases of HIV among injection-drug users in the Merrimack Valley outbreak cluster since the beginning of 2015.
- Racial disparities persist in access to healthcare: while only 16% of the population in MA are Black, Hispanic or Latino, those populations are represented in 55% of people living with HIV/AIDS in 2017.
Key Facts for Hepatitis C (HCV)
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health receives 7,000-10,000 newly diagnosed case reports of HCV infection annually.
- Since 2007, an increasing number are among young people who inject drugs: approximately 2,400 cases annually are 15-29 years old.
- There are 250,000 estimated people living with HCV in Massachusetts.
Key Facts for Opioids
- According to the CDC, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.
- Opioid-related deaths in MA are steadily increasing.