Accession Number : ADA183862

Title :   AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) Prevention: Views on the Administration's Budget Proposals.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC HUMAN RESOURCES DIV

PDF Url : ADA183862

Report Date : 12 Aug 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : This briefing report responds to a request concerning the level of fiscal year 1988 funding needed to limit the further spread of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). We explored both the adequacy of the funding levels and the appropriateness of priorities reflected in the administration's proposed budget for AIDS prevention. We focused on education, testing, and counseling services. Since a vaccine is at least 5 years into the future and probably longer experts in the research community agree that education and prevention activities are the most powerful tools available to reduce the potential impact of the AIDS epidemic. Investing in prevention now can help contain the future, direct medical costs of treating AIDS. Those areas targeted for immediate action should be: containing the spread of the AIDS virus among intravenous drug users as well as from this risk group to their sexual partners; educating targeted high-risk groups and the general population; and expanding voluntary testing with pretest and posttest counseling services.

Descriptors :   *PREVENTION, *VIRUS DISEASES, *IMMUNOSUPPRESSION, *PLANNING PROGRAMMING BUDGETING, *PUBLIC HEALTH, COUNSELING, POPULATION, RISK, VIRUSES, COSTS, MEDICINE, DRUG USERS, VEINS, VACCINES, EPIDEMIOLOGY, EDUCATION, FEDERAL BUDGETS, ALLOCATIONS

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE