Miss. Department of Health asks $2.5M AIDS funds

Representatives of the Mississippi Health Department said Thursday that they are requesting $2.5 million from the state Legislature to match a federal grant to treat people with HIV and AIDS.

But a prominent lawmaker said there was little chance the funding would be granted because money is tight.

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides funding for services related to HIV and AIDS, such as paying for medications, providing health insurance and transportation to doctors’ appointments.

The program helps more than half a million people nationwide each year. It will match $2 for every $1 spent on HIV and AIDS by the state Health Department.