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STATE HEALTH AGENCY PLANS PUBLIC MEETING ON AIDS FUNDING

 STATE HEALTH AGENCY PLANS PUBLIC MEETING ON AIDS FUNDING
 OLYMPIA, Wash., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Washington State Department of Health said today it will hold a public meeting Feb. 14 in Tumwater to discuss statewide funding priorities for AIDS services.
 The meeting, sponsored by the agency's Office of HIV/AIDS Client Services, will provide people the opportunity to comment on the state's spending proposal for federal funding. Under the Ryan White CARE Act of 1990, Washington will receive $1.3 million this year for services and treatment for persons infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which causes AIDS.
 "Although the 1992 funding is 28 percent more than last year, federal funding is not keeping pace with the epidemic's rapid growth," said Ann Marie Kimball, M.D., M.P.H., director of the agency's Office of HIV/AIDS and STDs.
 Reported AIDS cases in Washington state have doubled in the past two years. Over 2,800 people have been diagnosed with AIDS in Washington state.
 The state health agency's proposal includes funding for HIV programs in King County, Pierce County and Chelan-Douglas counties. A statewide home-care program and a prescription drug treatment program will also receive funds.
 The Feb. 14 meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the New Market Vocational Skills Center, New Market Road, in Tumwater. For more information or directions to the meeting, contact the State Office of HIV/AIDS at 800-272-AIDS.
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 /CONTACT: Dean R. Owen, 206-753-3934, or Anne Marie Kimball, M.D., M.P.H., 206-586-8344, both of the Washington State Department of Health/ CO: Washington State Department of Health ST: Washington IN: HEA SU:


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