A White House proposal to cut $1.23 billion in fiscal year 2017 from the National Institutes of Health would include slashing $300 million in HIV/AIDS research and support programs.
A worldwide initiative to help people with HIV and AIDS, known as PEPFAR and heavily focused on patient treatment in Africa, would be slashed by almost $300 million under the plan. The savings would be found by slowing the rate of new patients put on treatment and reducing support to “low-performing countries.” States also would face a $50 million cut that would target “less effective HIV research and prevention activities.”
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is scheduled to appear before the House Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday to talk about the budget proposal for his department, which NIH and and some of the PEPFAR cuts fall under.
The cuts are part of an overall proposal aimed at cutting $18 billion from the federal budget this fiscal year, which ends in October.